Sheet Music: Dunse Dings A'

TitleDunse Dings A'
Alternate titlesDuns Dings All
Mr. Sharpe's Favorite
The Fair Bosom
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
Time signature4/4
Tempo132 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2018-12-27
Last updated2018-12-27
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Thursday 27 December 2018

Tune of the Day: Dunse Dings A'

Traditional Scottish reel

The title of this tune refers to Duns, an ancient town high in the Border hills. “Dunse dings a'” means “Duns beats/surpasses all”, an expression of local pride. One of the greatest medieval philosophers, John Duns Scotus (c. 1266–1308), was born there. He was renowned throughout Europe, and lectured in Oxford and Paris. Unfortunately, his views were the object of severe criticism and scorn by 16th-century philosophers, who accused him of sophistry and even coined the term ‛dunce’ in derision.

The earliest appearance of the tune in print is in Neil Stewart's A Collection of the Newest and the Best Reels, or Country Dances, Adapted for the Violin or German Flute, published in Edinburgh in 1761.