Sheet Music: Over the Hills and Far Away

TitleOver the Hills and Far Away
Alternate titlesSharpe's Rifles
ComposerTraditional English
Also attributed toTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD major
Time signature2/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2019-01-10
Last updated2019-01-10
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Thursday 10 January 2019

Tune of the Day: Over the Hills and Far Away

Traditional British song, arranged for two flutes

This traditional British song dates back to at least the late 17th century. One version was published in Thomas D'Urfey's Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy; a very different one appeared in George Farquhar's 1706 play The Recruiting Officer. A version also appears in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera of 1728, under the title “Were I laid on Greenland's coast”.

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