The Flowers of the Forest, Trad., 19th century arrangement, adapted for voice and guitar or lute

Composer
trad.
Arranger
Lyricist
anon.
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
1 minute
Genre
Other
Instrumentation
Voice + guitar
Instrumental parts
Not available

This is an arrangement of the 19th century arrangement of the famous Scottish lament after the battle of Flodden. This was published in many reprints of 'Songs of Scotland' by George Farquhar Graham (1789-1867). The tune is from the Skene baroque lute manuscript, a manuscript many years after the battle of Flodden. This version of the words was written by Jane Elliot, sister of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, and was published in 1755, also several centuries after the battle of Flodden. I have presented here the 19th century accompaniment, interesting in its chromatic introduction and coda around the largely pentatonic tune. This is really material for free treatment by performers. You will readily find other versions of the words on the web.

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