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X:1 T:Sword Dance [1] M:C L:1/16 S:Skinner – The Scottish Violinist (1900, p. 21) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A Major E2 || AA3 c3A d4 B=G3 | AA3 c3A e4 cA3 | BE3 Ee3 d4 B=G3 |AA3 c3e dB3 e3E | (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 d4 B=G3 | (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 | (3A2d2f2 (3A2c2e2 d4 B=G3 | (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 dB3 e2 || E2 | AA3 c3e =g4 B=G3 | AA3 c3e a3ba3f | =g3g agfe dg3 B=G3 | AA3 ce3 dB3 e3E | (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 =g4 B=G3 | (3A2c2e2 (3A2c2e2 a3b a2f2 | =g3g agfe d=g3 B=G3 | AA3 c3e d3B e2 ||

James Scott Skinner's brother, Alexander "Sandy" Skinner, performing a sword dance while accompanying himself on the fiddle, c. 1880's.
SWORD DANCE [1]. AKA and see "Gillie Callum," "Tail Toddle. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The famous six-step Scottish sword dance is a solo dance performed over crossed swords laid on the ground. The is a colorful legend that the sword dance was created in mediaeval times by Malcolm Canmore, who, after killing one of Macbeth's chieftains, crossed his sword over that of the vanquished and danced about them in celebration. Unfortunately, there is no direct evidence that a dance was performed over crossed swords until the 17th century or so, and the tale seems to be a product of, or a magnification by, 19th century romanticism.

"Sword Dance [1]" is J. Scott Skinner's version of "Gillie Callum" or "Tail Toddle," long associated with the sword dance (see also note for "Sean Trews (1)").

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 51. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 21.

See also listing at :
See Skinner's handwritten manuscript for the tune at the University of Aberdeen's Skinner site [1]

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