Sheet Music: The Prince's Welcome to the Isle of Skye

TitleThe Prince's Welcome to the Isle of Skye
Alternate titlesIsle of Skye
Planxty George Brabazon
Twa Bonnie Maidens
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo168 BPM
Performance time1:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2017-11-22
Last updated2017-11-22
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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Tune of the Day: The Prince's Welcome to the Isle of Skye

Traditional Irish/Scottish tune

This piece is the Scottish version of the Irish planxty “George Brabazon”, attributed to the famous blind harper Turlough O'Carloan (1670–1734). There is, however, no definitive evidence that it was really composed by the harper. Early printings of the melody can be found in the Gillespie Manuscript of Perth (1768) and in the 4th volume of James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Tunes (1796), as well as in Gow's Repository of the Dance Music of Scotland (1802). Interestingly, the earliest Irish source for “George Brabazon” appears to be O'Neill's Music of Ireland, which was only published in 1903, more than a century later.