Scots Marche (1)
X: 1 T:The Scots Marche  Z:Jack Campin: "Embro, Embro", transcription (c) 2001 F:16army/abc/Marche.abc B:Elizabeth Rogers Virginal Book, BM Add.10337, fol.3v (1656) S:Lewis Winstock, Songs and Music of the Redcoats N:corrected from facsimile in Farmer N:see also H.G. Farmer, JSAHR XXV (1947), pp.76-82 N:~ is a double overbar, M a single one M:6/4 L:1/8 Q:3/4=66 K:F d2|~c3 AF2 ~G3 EC2|~F4 F2 ~f4a2|~g3 ec2 ~d4 G2|~c3 ded c4d2| cBAGF2 GFEDC2|~F6 f4a2| gfedc2 ~d3 BG2| cBcded c4c2| ~c3 de2 Mf4 F2|~G4 G2 ~d4d2|~c3 AF2 ~G3 EC2|~F3 GAG F4c2| ~c3 de2 Mf4 F2| GFGABc ~d4d2| cBAGF2 GFEDC2| FEFGAG F4 |]
SCOTS MARCH , THE. Scottish, March (6/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. H.G. Farmer, who wrote an article in 1947 tracing the tune, writes that the "Scots March" originally was a drum beat pattern, to which music was set in the 16th century. Various melodies could be set to these distinctive drum patterns, and there have been several tunes identified as the "Scots March" referred to by Pepys and others. This "Scots March" is a Lowland air and was entered into Elizabeth Rogers' Virginal Book (1656). Lewis Winstock (1970, p. 19) remarks that there is a tradition that the melody was composed during the siege of Tantallon Castle in 1527, in which the rebellious lord Archibald Douglas was subdued by James V of Scotland. The cadence is supposed to express the sound 'ding down Tantallon'. Many doubt the veracity of that tradition, bu Winstock states that even if that story cannot be substantiated, it is undisputable that the melody was the march of the Scots Brigade, a unit which fought with distinction for the Protestant cause during the Thirty Years Wars, first in the service of Denmark, then under the Swedish monarch, Gustavus Adolphus.