The Farewell strathspey

Also known as Farewell March, The Farewell March.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Frank Gilruth (a few times).

The Farewell has been added to 71 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Farewell
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|: G<A | B3A G3F | E>GB<e g2 e2 | f<Bf<g a2g<a |
f2 F<G F2 G<A |B3A G3F | (3EGB (3egb a2g<f |
[1 f>ed<c B>de<f | g2e2 e2 :|2 f>ed<c c>BA<G | B2E2 E2 ||
|: g<a | b3e g3b | e>de<f g2e2 | a3f g<ba<g | f2 F<G F2 g<a |
b3a g>fe<d | f>ed<c c>BA<G | A<cB>e d>fB<a | g2e2 e2 g<a |
b3e g3d | e2 E2 c>BA<G | B,>EG>B c>de<f | g2 f2 f2 G<A |
B3 A G3 F | (3EGB (3egb a2 g<f | f>ed<c c>BA<G | B2E2 E2 ||
# Added by errik .
ABC
X: 2
T: The Farewell
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G>A|(B3A) (G3{G}F) (EGBe) g3e|(fBfg) {b}a2ga {g}f2FG F2GA|
B3AG2{G}F2 (3EGB (3egb) {b}a2gf|(f{gf}e)dc) (c{dc}B)AG {G}B2E2 E2||
g>a|b3eg3b {d}(e3{fede}f) (g3e)|a3f gbag {f}f2F>G F2 ~ga|
(B3A)G3{G}F (3EGB (3egb {b}a2 gf|(f{gf}e)dc (c{dc}B)AG {G}B2E2 E2||
F>G|(A3G) (F3{F}E) (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2EF E2 FG|(A3{A}G)(F3{F}E) (3DFA (3dfa {a}g3fe|
(e{(fe)}d)cB (Ac)de {de}f2d2 d2 ~FG|A3GF2FE (DFAd) {de}f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2(EF) E2~FG|
A3GF2{F}E2 (3DFA (3dfa) {a}g2fe|(e{fe}d)cB) (B{cB}A)GF {F}A2D2 D2||f>g|
a3df3a {c}(d3{edcd}e) (f3d)|g3e fagf {e}e2E>F E2 ~fg|a2d2 (f/2g/2f/2e/2)dc (e{fe}d)cB (BA{A}GF|
(GB)Ad (ce)(Ag) f2d2 d2fg| (a3d)(f3c) d2 D2 (B{c}A)(GF)|(A,DFA) GBcd) {d}f3e e2 FG|
(A3G)F3{F}E (3DFA (3dfa {a}g2 fe|(e{fe}d)cB (B{cB}A)GF {F}A2D2 D2||
F>G|(A3G) (F3E) (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2EF E2 FG|(A3G) (F3E) (3DFA (3dfa g3fe|
(ed)cB (Ac)de f2d2 d2 FG|A3G F2FE (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2(EF) E2FG|
A3G F2E2 (3DFA (3dfa) g2fe|(ed)cB) (BA)GF A2D2 D2||f>g|a3d f3a d3e f3d|
d (ce)(Ag) f2d2 d2fg|(a3d) (f3c) d2D2 (BA)(GF)|(A,DFA) GBcd) f3e e2 FG|
(A3G) F3E (3DFA (3dfa g2 fe|(ed)cB (BA)GF A2D2 D2||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Farewell
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F>G|(A3G) (F3E) (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2EF E2 FG|(A3G) (F3E) (3DFA (3dfa g3fe|
(ed)cB (Ac)de f2d2 d2 FG|A3G F2FE (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2(EF) E2FG|
A3G F2E2 (3DFA (3dfa) g2fe|(ed)cB) (BA)GF A2D2 D2||f>g|a3d f3a d3e f3d|
g3e fagf e2E>F E2 fg|a2d2 (fedc (ed)cB (BAGF|(GB)A
d (ce)(Ag) f2d2 d2fg|(a3d) (f3c) d2D2 (BA)(GF)|(A,DFA) GBcd) f3e e2 FG|
(A3G) F3E (3DFA (3dfa g2 fe|(ed)cB (BA)GF A2D2 D2||
ABC

Three comments

Taken from the playing of Natalie MacMaster… a march by William Marshal.

Posted by .

I’ve been playing this tune for a bit and would like to add some more info if I may.
I have the tune in an old Fiddlecase volume of The William Marshall Collection. It is indeed
in the key of E major but would seem to be more of a slow air than the march Natalie McMasters
plays it as (Marshall’s directions with the tune say "Slow with much expression"). The only
group I’ve heard play this is Dordan and they play it as an air pretty much as written in the
book, only in the far friendlier key of D major, a practice I follow as well. Of course there
is no category for airs on this website so calling it a slow strathspey is the best option.

I’ll provide a close transcription with the ornaments from the Marshall book here:

X:2
T:The Farewell
M:4/4
L:1/16
R:Strathspey
K:E
G>A|(B3A) (G3{G}F) (EGBe) g3e|(fBfg) {b}a2ga {g}f2FG F2GA|
(B3{B}A)(G3{G}F) (3EGB (3egb {b}a3gf|(f{(gf)}e)dc (Bd)ef {ef}g2e2 e2 ~GA|
B3AG2GF (EGBe) {ef}g3e|(fBfg) {b}a2ga {g}f2(FG) F2~GA|
B3AG2{G}F2 (3EGB (3egb) {b}a2gf|(f{gf}e)dc) (c{dc}B)AG {G}B2E2 E2||
g>a|b3eg3b {d}(e3{fede}f) (g3e)|a3f gbag {f}f2F>G F2 ~ga|
b2e2 (g/2a/2g/2f/2)ed (f{gf}e)dc (cB{B}AG|(Ac)Be (df)(Ba) g2e2 e2ga|
(b3e)(g3d) e2 E2 (c{d}B)(AG)|(B,EGB) Acde) {e}g3f f2 GA|
(B3A)G3{G}F (3EGB (3egb {b}a2 gf|(f{gf}e)dc (c{dc}B)AG {G}B2E2 E2||

The same version transposed to D major:

X:3
T:The Farewell
M:4/4
L:1/16
R:Strathspey
K:D
F>G|(A3G) (F3{F}E) (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2EF E2 FG|(A3{A}G)(F3{F}E) (3DFA (3dfa {a}g3fe|
(e{(fe)}d)cB (Ac)de {de}f2d2 d2 ~FG|A3GF2FE (DFAd) {de}f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2(EF) E2~FG|
A3GF2{F}E2 (3DFA (3dfa) {a}g2fe|(e{fe}d)cB) (B{cB}A)GF {F}A2D2 D2||f>g|
a3df3a {c}(d3{edcd}e) (f3d)|g3e fagf {e}e2E>F E2 ~fg|a2d2 (f/2g/2f/2e/2)dc (e{fe}d)cB (BA{A}GF|
(GB)Ad (ce)(Ag) f2d2 d2fg| (a3d)(f3c) d2 D2 (B{c}A)(GF)|(A,DFA) GBcd) {d}f3e e2 FG|
(A3G)F3{F}E (3DFA (3dfa {a}g2 fe|(e{fe}d)cB (B{cB}A)GF {F}A2D2 D2||

And a version in D major without Marshall’s ornaments. It’s easier to read this way.

X:4
T:The Farewell
M:4/4
L:1/16
R:Strathspey
K:D
F>G|(A3G) (F3E) (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2EF E2 FG|(A3G) (F3E) (3DFA (3dfa g3fe|
(ed)cB (Ac)de f2d2 d2 FG|A3G F2FE (DFAd) f3d|(eAef) {a}g2fg {f}e2(EF) E2FG|
A3G F2E2 (3DFA (3dfa) g2fe|(ed)cB) (BA)GF A2D2 D2||f>g|a3d f3a d3e f3d|
g3e fagf e2E>F E2 fg|a2d2 (fedc (ed)cB (BAGF|(GB)A
d (ce)(Ag) f2d2 d2fg|(a3d) (f3c) d2D2 (BA)(GF)|(A,DFA) GBcd) f3e e2 FG|
(A3G) F3E (3DFA (3dfa g2 fe|(ed)cB (BA)GF A2D2 D2||

Anyway, I hope I’ve done all these accurately. Try it out, it’s a very pleasant tune.

The Farewell by William Marshall - a version for bunglers! ( x: 3)

William Marshall was asked by a fiddler why he composed tunes in difficult keys. He replied that he did not write "for bunglers". X1 above is for those who are prepared to work at playing the original key of E major.
Something went wrong when Flatseventh put his abc up for a D major version, or perhaps some glitch when the site was updated as, X: 2 does not make musical sense.

So I have copied his simplified version from the comments into the tune area . It appears as X: 3.
This is a glorious tune played as slow as you dare. Think 18th Century ballroom in a big Scottish country house. Plenty of rubato!