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Hector Macdonald
ID JSS0066
Title Hector Macdonald
Document Reference MS2726/48
Format 226 x 170 mm
Medium pen & ink on music manuscript paper,with handwritten notes
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music, Scottish Violin, Scottish Bagpipe, March
Item Description 'March. "Hector Macdonald' (on pasted paper) 'J. Scott Skinner'. Sir Hector (1853-1903) was born near Dingwall, Ross-shire. He served at the Battle of Khartoum, was knighted in 1901, and became a Major-General in the British army. The key signature, A major with G natural, shows a bagpipe setting; the pipes have no G sharp. Metre, common time (C). The music is set in four two-stave systems, with the melody in 2 4-bar repeated sections. Then follows one unaccompanied variation (not indicated as such). Skinner has added musical phrasing wherever there are lighter pen or pencil marks. In the first line of music, for instance, he changes the rhythm of the second beat, adds grace notes (small extra notes, crossed stems up), and adds slurs (curved lines for phrasing, which also instruct the violinist to play the notes together, in one bow stroke). Below the music Skinner directs fiddlers to: Try to come as near the G [sharp] as possible. a [sic] good piper would play the above almost as perfect as the Violin by some mysterious process of fingering.
Creator James Scott Skinner
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Time Period 1890's - 1900's
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Harp & Claymore


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