Banks o' Forth (The)

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 Theme code Index    1351H 3H3H53
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    Biography:James Oswald
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    D
 Accidental    2 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AABB
 Editor/Compiler    William McGibbon
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Scots Tunes Book 2
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 45
 Year of publication/Date of MS    c. 1746
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 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
 Year recorded    
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<abc float="left"> X:1 T:The Banks of Forth M:C L:1/8 R:Air N:"Slow" S:McGibbon - Scots Tunes, book II, pg. 45 (c. 1746) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D (F>E) | D2 (F>G) A2 (d>e) | f>g (f/e/)(d/c/) B3d | A2 (B>c/2d/4) (B/A/)(G/F/) "tr"ED | G>A (B/A/)(G/F/) E2 (F>E) | D2 (F>G) A2 (d>e) | f>g (f/e/)(d/c/) B3c | de f(^g/a/) ({f}e3) d/c/ | (Bc/d/) "tr"B>A A2 :: A2 | (dc)(de) (f/g/)(f/g/) ac | "tr"BABc d3F | (GF)(GA) B(gf) ed | c(d/e/) (d/c/)"tr"(B/A/) A3A | (BGB)d (AF)(DF) | GB e(f/g/) ({d}c3)A | B/(d/c/B/) (A/G/)(F/E/) D2 ({f/g/}a)(g/f/) | e(f/g/) (f/e/)(d/c/) d2 :||


BANKS O' FORTH, THE. Scottish, Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard. AABB. The air, referring to the Firth of Forth, was composed by Edinburgh dancing master, singer, and composer James Oswald (b. 1711) and published in his Curious Collection of Scots Tunes. Oswald left for London in 1741 where he continued to compose and publish.

Printed sources: McGibbon (Scots Tunes, book II), c. 1746; pg. 45. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 9, pg. 11.