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Hector the Hero Original Score
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Uzi
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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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BillyG
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April 12, 2015 - 12:24 pm
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Nice find @Uzi !

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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.   

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April 14, 2015 - 4:49 pm
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 @Uzi

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.

-Daniel

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BillyG
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June 16, 2018 - 12:47 am
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Well @Uzi - about 3 years later I finally get around to having a shot at this - I only remembered about it as we recently had a "named summer storm" called Hector - although I have been working with Skinner's Bonny lass o' Bon Accord.   I love the original manuscript from the Aberdeen University archive.   There are a lot of versions of Hector the Hero to be found, here are two of my current favorites - can't choose between them -  and 

Thanks for the original post !

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oooo Billy I love this Hector song, been messing with it for a while, and had a few versions in different keys, its a really nice play!

I also love this Golden Fiddle Waltz, but its way out of my league - Maybe in a couple of years or 10!

 

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BillyG
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June 21, 2018 - 12:14 pm
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@Mimi Aysha - that's a lovely tune - thanks for the link !  🙂 

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@BillyG I'm so glad you posted in this 3 year old thread. 😀 Otherwise I probably wouldn't have known about Hector. I absolutely love the way Jenna Reid and Aly Bain plays it. It's going on my violin playlist so I remember to give it a go later down the line.

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Fiddlerman
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June 25, 2018 - 1:51 pm
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Violin playlist <--- Sounds like fun!
Making lists of what to play is a great idea.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Yeah @Fiddlerman - the forum has SO much stuff on it now - the "search" function works really well - honestly 3 years on - I HAD forgotten about @Uzi original post - but "something" came to mind about - well - things like Hector the Hero, James Scott Skinner and The bonny Lass o' Bon accord (which is what I've recently been playing and brought "hector" to mind I guess after the recent named-storm you sent us from the USA !!!! Nah - blame the jet-stream bro... ) - real strange how the mind pulls it all together...   I was going to create a whole new post before I used the search function.. yeah - we have a LOT of stuff here now - visitors should use the search more I think...  it should possibly be made more prominent, or more-widely-shared in some way, because there IS a serious amount of useful shared info here... ( ok, and opinions, but, opinions are equally welcome as well of course - we all have them !)

Just a thought...drummer

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