Cradle Song (1) (The)

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 Theme code Index    1256 5530
 Also known as    
 Composer/Core Source    J. Scott Skinner
 Region    Scotland
 Genre/Style    Scottish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    3 sharps
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    J. Scott Skinner
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Harp and Claymore Collection
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 1
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1904
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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CRADLE SONG [1], THE. Scottish, Slow ("Pastoral") Air (4/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Hunter, Neil): AB (S. Johnson, Skinner). Composed by the self-styled "Strathspey King," James Scott Skinner (1843-1927), and printed in his Logie Collection (1888). Originally written as a song (words are by Alexander Hastings, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire) and extremely popular when he was alive, it's inspiration was Skinner's sympathetic observations of a mother caring for her sick child in a hotel room in Forres.

Sprites that guard young children enter here tonight,
O'er my fevered darling watch till morning light.
From our home forever went my Love away,
Crossed the darling river, entered endless day.
Sleep my own fair darling, I will cling to thee,
Sure my cup of sorrow cannot fuller be.

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 106, p. 183. Hunter (Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 25. S. Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 14. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 114. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 90, p. 122. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 1. Skinner (The Scottish Violinist); p. 36.

T:The Cradle Song [1]
S:Skinner - Harp and Claymore (1904)
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
(AcBA) (e2f2) | (e4c2) z2 | (AcBA) (e2c2) | {c}B6 (c2 | 
(A)cBA) (e2f2) | (e4c2)A2 | {F/G/}(FEAB) {A/B/}c2 {A/c/}B2 | 
A6 z2 || (fdAd) (f2a2) | (e4c2)z2 | (AcBA) (e2c2) | {c}B6 z2 | 
(AcBA) (ef).g.a | (e4c2)A2 | {F/G/}(FEAB) {A/B/}c2{A/c/}B2 | A6 z2 || 

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