The Bloody Fields Of Flanders waltz

Also known as Freedom Come All Ye, The Freedom-come-all-ye.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Bloody Fields Of Flanders has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Bloody Fields Of Flanders
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 de|cA cd/c/ B2|
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 e/c/A/B/|cB A4:|
fg a2 ae|fa e2 c2|f/g/a e2 de|cA cd/c/ B2|
e3/2c/ A2 A3/2B/|ce f2 e2|f/g/a e2 e/c/A/B/|cB A4:|

Seven comments

The Bloody Fields Of Flanders

This is a retreat march (and, therefore, not a waltz) by John MacLellan and was requested by a member here, christy taylor.
With retreat marches each beat gets the same emphasis so, traditionally, any anacrusis is written as the first beat of the bar.
The tune was used by Hamish Henderson for his song "Freedom Come All Ye".

And, needless-to-say, if this wasn’t being played on the pipes then all the Gs would be played as G#s.

bloody fields o’ flanders

thanks a lot DonaldK - I’m surprised it wasnt there before, for such a well known tune and song.
no it wont be played on pipes - fiddle and button accordion……………

this would be entirely unconnected our gig this Saturday, then, when the pipes will of course play G#, and the piper will know where the first beat of the bar is? 🙂>

Ah Matt, trust you. But no, this is not connected (but, nevertheless, very coincidental) to our gig on Saturday.
The transcription is based on a version by Aonghas Grant that I adapted for electronic pipes for Forman Folk (a wee community music group where I act as facilitator) who wanted to play the tune (and sing the associated song).

Re: The Bloody Fields Of Flanders

should this not be in the key of amajor with a g#?

Re: The Bloody Fields Of Flanders

No jan, John MacLellan (Dunoon), was a player of the Great Highland Bagpipes. There are no G#s on that instrument. A lot of pipe tunes will fake A major by not playing G notes or by using their G notes as passing notes.

I agree it has the feel of A major and if you were playing it on the fiddle you might well play the Gs sharp (note my second comment above, from November 24th 2015). If I were singing "Freedom Come All Ye" I probably wouldn’t sing any G notes at all, but would accompany it in A major.

It’s out of respect for the pipes that I put it in A mix.