Part 1 Flute part from Flora Macdonald’s Lament (Fl, Fl/Ob, Cl, Cl/Bsn)

Neil Gow Jr, arr. C Melville-Mason
2 minutes
Folk music and Classical music

A woodwind arrangement of a tune credited to Neil Gow Jr (grandson of the acclaimed Scottish fiddler Niel Gow), who based it on an old melody from the Isle of Skye. (Grandfather and grandson would indeed appear to have had different spellings of their first name)

Flora Macdonald assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape ’over the sea to Skye’ - this lament expresses her sadness at bidding him farewell but also conveys some of her pride in her hero.

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