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The Battle of Falkirk
ID JSS0046
Title The Battle of Falkirk
Document Reference MS2726/30
Format 229 x 300 mm
Medium ink on music manuscript
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music,Scottish fiddle music, Scottish Dance Music,Quickstep
Item Description Skinner's '*"The Battle of Falkirk"; is a 'Quick step', a type of 'couple dance' (for two people). There were two famous 'Battles of Falkirk'. The first, in 1298, between the English and the Scots, was led by 'The Scottish Patriot' William Wallace. In 1746 the Jacobites fought the English there, as they withdrew northwards towards the final battle at Culloden, near Inverness, 12 April 1746. The music is set as for the bagpipes, with the G sharp in the A major key signature (F, C, and G sharp) replaced with a natural sign. This is because the bagpipes lack a true G sharp, and sound a note closer to G natural. The last four systems are Skinner's two violin variations, without piano, since the variations use the same harmony as the original melody. As he wrote at the foot of the page, '* The Variations, need no accompaniment, simply run on like the Logie Coll[ection]s Pipe tunes.' The lower staves, not needed, are crossed out with pencilled scallops.
Creator James Scott Skinner
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Time Period 1890's-1900's
Associated Dates: Manuscript 1746
Relationships JSS0047
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Harp & Claymore


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