Annotation:Sweet May Morning

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SWEET MAY MORNING (Madainn chiuin cheitein). Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "This is the air associated with the pensive soliloquy of a peasant of the district of Ardnamurchan, toiling with an unpropitious season at the ordinary labours of the field, and hesitating whether he should emigrate or pay his landlord, Sir James Riddell, triple rent, or at least a large increase, offered by others for his farm. His local attachment on one side, and his inability on the other, generating fresh and contending sensations which, in the editor's opinion, the air fairly conveys" (Fraser).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 113, p. 45. James Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1844; p. 75.

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