Well may Charlie wear the Crown

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WELL MAY CHARLIE WEAR THE CROWN (Gu ma maidh a thig an crùn dhuit a Thearluich oig). Scottish, Slow Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Fraser): AABB (Hardie). "This air is one of a directly opposite tendency (then "King's Health (2) (The)"), though the enthusiasm attached to it, when anticipating their hopes of success, has now died away. But so beautiful an air belonging to that period may now take the name of Charlotte in place of Charles, and be associated with our sentiments of attachment to the present Royal Family" (Fraser). The title literally means "Well may the crown suit you, young Charles."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Fraser (The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles), 1816; No. 110, p. 43. Hardie (Caledonian Companion), 1992; p. 90.

Recorded sources: Lismor Recordings, Ron Gonnella - "Fiddle Gems" (1976). Jeremy Allan Kittel - "Celtic Fiddle" (2000).




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