Sheet Music: The Mill Oh

TitleThe Mill Oh
Alternate titlesThe Soldier's Return
What Strangers Are These?
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time3:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-03-09
Last updated2016-03-09
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Wednesday 9 March 2016

Tune of the Day: The Mill Oh

Traditional Scottish tune

This popular tune is common to many collections printed in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The melody is that to which Robert Burns in 1793 set “The Sodger's (Soldier's) Return” (“The Poor and Honest Soldier”). Burns's poem is a reworking of a folk theme, popular since Homer's Odyssey, of lovers parted by war: when the man returns he is not recognized but finds his love has been true, then reveals himself and is happily reunited.

The Scottish Christmas carol “What Strangers Are These?” is also sung to this tune.