Sheet Music: Whistle an' I'll Come to You My Lad

TitleWhistle an' I'll Come to You My Lad
Alternate titlesOh, Whistle and I'll Come to Ye, My Love
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD major
RangeE4–D6
Time signature6/8
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2018-12-01
Last updated2018-12-01
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Saturday 1 December 2018

Tune of the Day: Whistle an' I'll Come to You My Lad

Traditional Scottish tune, arranged for two flutes

This air was reputedly composed by fiddler John Bruce of Braemar, Scotland. He took part in the Jacobite rising of 1745, but was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle when Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated. No one knows when the air was composed, although c. 1750 has been suggested.

Niel Gow's Complete Repository (1806) identifies the tune as “Irish”, perhaps because a version was used by Irish dramatist John O'Keefe as the vehicle of a song (beginning “Since love is the plan, I'll love if I can”) for his 1783 comic opera The Poor Soldier.

The present arrangement for two flutes appeared in Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833.