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Hector the Hero Original Score
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April 12, 2015 - 12:13 pm
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I know there are some fans here of Scottish folk music in general and Hector the Hero in particular.  The song was written by J. Scott Skinner in 1903 honoring a Scottish general, a personal friend of Skinner's,  Hector MacDonald,  who was forced out of the military on morals charges. I happened to come across an image of the original score, for anybody that might be interested in seeing it.  The tune is usually scored as a waltz  time nowadays, but as you can see it was written by Skinner in 6/8 time as a "Coronach," which is a Scottish/Irish funeral song. The tune is played today in many different keys, but originally it was written in the key of A major.


Hector the Hero

Here's another of Skinner's songs, this one written on the back of a letter as a lament to a friend who died in Canada. (Incidentally, if you like Scottish fiddle check out Paul Anderson who is playing this song  Paul Anderson

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Far North-west Scotland

April 12, 2015 - 12:24 pm
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Nice find @Uzi !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes.  

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

California, the place of my heart

April 13, 2015 - 2:55 pm
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What a gorgeous piece of music.  Thanks Uzi

It doesn't feel super sad to me.. kind of peaceful.   

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

April 14, 2015 - 4:49 pm
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Omigosh!  I totally missed this post until just now. And as bad luck would have it, the computer I'm using right now is a public computer without speakers, so I will have to wait until I get home to hear "The Fallen Chief". But I was able to see the score for "Hector the Hero", and it was really cool. Makes me want to print it out and do...something...with it.

Pfft. I'll figure it out. In any case, thanks for posting this. Very cool indeed.


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