Farewell To Stromness strathspey

By Peter Maxwell Davies

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Farewell To Stromness has been added to 52 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Farewell To Stromness
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f<g a>d B<d c>A|f<g a>d B<d e2|f<g a>d A<d c>A|a<g f>d B<d d2:|
|:b<c' d'>d e<d c>A|b<c' d'>d B<d e2|b<c' d'>d e<d c>A|b<c' d'>d B<d e2:|
# Added by stew .

Seven comments

Farewell to Stromness

Is this allowed?? Saw someone had requested it. Not a traditional tune, but written by Peter Maxwell Davies. It’s the piano interlude from ‘The Yellow Cake Review’ which was a show he wrote as part of a protest against Uranium mining in the Orkneys. Great tune, sometimes heard on solo guitar. It’s got a middle section which I wouldn’t like to try putting into abc - life’s too short!

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ooops - my first attempt at abc and I’ve just noticed - the low A notes (semiquavers) in bars 2,3,4,6,7,8 should be B’s

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You can change the ABC, but not the shett music.

or sheet music, as it were. 🙂

Re: Farewell To Stromness

Thank you for posting this beautiful, haunting tune. Composed by Peter Maxwell Davies who has just died. A remarkable man. May he rest in peace.

Re: Farewell To Stromness

I’ve just listened to the album “Storymap”, the recording that this is linked to. The song “Farewell to Stromness” on the album isn’t the same as Maxwell Davies’ beautiful air.

The album notes say “This song was collected by the Orkney Song Project. The story goes that as the whalers left Stromness (after stocking up on water), the pubs of the town would empty and the drinkers would fill the bay with this song as they waved goodbye to their visitors.”

There is a nice guitar version on The Albanach Guitar Duo’s album “The Spirit of the Grain”.

Re: Farewell To Stromness

I’ve unlinked it, Kismul.