The King’s Lament waltz

Also known as Lord Elcho, Lord Elcho’s.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The King's Lament has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: The King's Lament
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: G2 | "Am"E2 [A3A3] B | {AB}[A2A2] G2 E2 | "C"c2 d2 e2 | "G"{de}d4 cd | "Am"e2 a2 {ga}g2| "C"e2 d2 c2 | "G"{Bc}B2 A2 G2 | "Em"G2 E2 D2 |
"Am"E2 [A3A3] B | {AB}[A2A2] G2 E2 | "C"c2 d2 e2 | "G"{de}d4 cd | "Am"e2 a2 {ga}g2 | "C"e2 d2 c2 | "G"B2 A2 G2 | "Am"[A4A4] :|
|| g2 | "Am"a b3 a2 | "G"{ga}g2 e2 d2 | "C"c2 d2 e2 | g4 {ag}eg | "Am"a2 {ga}g2 e2 | "G"d2 e2 d2 | "Am"c2 A2 G2 | "Em"G2 E2 D2 |
"Am"E2 [A3A3] B | {AB}[A2A2] G2 E2 | "C"c2 d2 e2 | "G"{de}d4 cd | "Am"e2 a2 {ga}g2 | "C"e2 d2 c2 | "G"B2 A2 G2 | "Am" [A4A4] g2 |
"Am"a b3 a2 | "G"{ga}g2 e2 d2 | "C"c2 d2 e2 | g4 {ag}eg | "Am"a2 {ga}g2 e2 | "G"d2 e2 d2 | "Am"c2 A2 G2 | "C"G2 c2 G2 |
"Am"A2 c2 G2 | A2 c2 G2 | A2 c2 d2 | "C" e2 d2 c2 | "G"e g3 a2 | "Em"{ga}g2 e2 d2 | "Am"c2 A2 G2 | [A4A4] |]
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The King’s Lament

Heard this tune from the playing of Michael Anthony MacLean of Cape Breton on his album Good Boy M.A. This tune is also known as Lord Elcho and is also played in G minor. I’ve tweeked it slightly to better suit my liking and my version is shown here. It is very similar to Michael Anthony’s, with the biggest difference being that the B part of the tune is played twice though, not thrice through like when he plays it. I found sheets on Paul Cranford’s website, as well as a clip of this and he has this tune placed in 6/4, but 3/4 will suffice here. It is a very old tune and has a lilt to it that makes me think it might’ve started out as a song, probably a Gaelic one at that.

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