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Ballindalloch Castle
ID JSS0070
Title Ballindalloch Castle
Document Reference MS2726/58
Format 240 x 298 mm
Medium pen & ink on music manuscript paper,with handwritten notes
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music,Scottish fiddle music, Scottish Bagpipe, Quickstep, Ballindalloch Castle
Item Description Skinner probably wrote Ballindalloch Castle for Lady MacPherson-Grant, whose name appears in Skinner's 'List of Patrons and Families who have Received Tuition from Mr and Mrs Scott Skinner' in his Miller o' Hirn Collection (1881). Ballindalloch Castle, Banff-shire, has been their family home since 1546. Upper left, above the staff, Skinner wrote '3 Quickstep -' in blue crayon. His untypically small signature is to the right. The 2-part, four-bar, repeated melody has two variations, one with arpeggios and scale passages, the second added triplets. Skinner's typical bass line uses octaves, separately, together, or an octave apart, with a few harmonic notes added, and open fifths with grace notes in the fifth system, to suggest bagpipe drones. Skinner writes, below: all the above may be played on the pipes in the diatonic scale of A excepting the G's / which are natural - they should be played as written on Violin & Piano'. A neat music example for pipes and fiddle follows; 'pipes play the upper notes', he adds. Click on the audio link below.
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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