Lament for the Viscount of Dundee

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Partial setting from MacDonald's Compleat Theory

Background

The title, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee, or Cumha Chlaibhears refers to John Graham, 1st Viscount of Dundee, also known as the 7th Laird of Claverhouse until raised to the viscountcy in 1688, he was a Scottish soldier and nobleman, a Tory and an Episcopalian. Claverhouse was responsible for policing south-west Scotland during and after the religious unrest and rebellion of the 1670s/80s.

Performance Notes

The version in Campbell contains the phrase chelalhodin and there has been some debate about how exactly the lal should be played. MacKay has it like so, \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { f16 d32 e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] }, with a long F in the doubling-like figure, and \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { f32 d e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] } thereafter. Jimmy McIntosh, in his Understanding Piobaireachd article, suggests playing a regular doubling, \relative a'' { \omit Staff.TimeSignature  \grace { g32 } e8.[ \grace { g32 d e } d16 c16 \grace { g32 } a8.] } as General Thomason has it in Ceol Mor.

Recordings

 PerformerCreated
Lament for the Viscount of DundeeMalcolm R. MacPherson29 June 1959
Lament for the Viscount of DundeeJohn D. Burgess1961
Lament for the Viscount of Dundee (Canntaireachd)Calum Johnston14 March 1964
O Gur Sinn Tha Brùite BreòiteJohn MacLean1968
Lament for the Viscount of Dundee (Poetry)John MacLean7 December 1970
Lament for the Viscount of DundeeWilly Morrison14 April 1993
Lament for the Viscount of DundeeJenny Hazzard6 July 2010
Lament for the Viscount of DundeeBill Livingstone
Tony McManus
21 May 2011
William Waites26 May 2017

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