Dr. MacDonald's Compliments to Mr. James Scott Skinner

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DOCTOR MACDONALD'S COMPLIMENTS TO MR. JAMES SCOTT SKINNER. Scottish, Strathspey. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. Composed by editor Keith Norman Macdonald in honor of the great Scottish fiddler and composer J. Scott Skinner (1843-1927). Skinner returned the compliment by composing "Dr. Macdonald" (Marathon House, Cupar-Fife) in his honor (MacDonald wrote the preface to his Skye Collection from Marathon House, Cupar, Fife, in 1887). MacDonald's collections, particularly the two volume Gesto Collection (1895 & 1898), which was an influence on Skinner's later Harp and Claymore collection (1904). A practicing physician and surgeon, MacDonald was active in the medical field (see his "Death and How to Divest it of its Terrors" {1875}) , including a period of service in Burma. However, his love was playing the violin and Scottish music. MacDonald died in Edinburgh in 1913.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 94.

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