Play a Scottish Air for String Orchestra

'Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney' by Niel Gow

This slow tune in the key of G is arranged for an advanced beginning or intermediate string group. Interestingly, though it is about a mournful topic, it is in a minor key. Since it is a slower sad tune, it makes a nice break in a program of faster tunes. In general, the better that your group is, the slower you can go (though you needn’t go too slow for this Scottish air). That’s because slow tunes work well for better players who can control the long slow bow strokes that are required. This arrangement of a tune by Niel Gow is excerpted from the recent Strings Charts edition Scottish Tunes for Beginning String Orchestra: Lamentation for James Moray of Abercarney and Tonight My Sleep will Be Restless. It is readily adaptable for a school string program.

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*This article appeared in Strings February 2011
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