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Sheet Music: The Hen's March to the Midden

TitleThe Hen's March to the Midden
Alternate titlesThe Hen's March Through/Over the Middens
The Cackling of the Hens
Hen's Concert
Major Hen's March
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeA4–B5
Time signature4/4
Tempo200 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (45 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (2 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (602 kB)
Date added2010-10-22
Last updated2010-10-22
CategoriesCeltic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 22 October 2010

Tune of the Day: The Hen's March to the Midden

Traditional Irish/Scottish reel

According to Fiddle Music of Scotland by James Hunter, “The Hen's March to/through/over the Midden” is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces in the fiddler's “entertainment repertoire”. Its second part is very characteristic in that it attempts to musically describe chicken clucks.

The first several bars of the tune are typical of trumpet marches that were popular in London in the first half of the 18th century. Peter Cooke claims the tune, while of British origins, survived in Shetland in near original form and was subsequently reintroduced to the Scottish mainland.