Sheet Music: The Caledonian Hunt

TitleThe Caledonian Hunt
ComposerAlexander Don (1751–1815)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–B5
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2019-03-21
Last updated2019-03-21
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Celtic Music, Strathspeys, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 21 March 2019

Tune of the Day: The Caledonian Hunt

Traditional Scottish strathspey

This tune was composed by Sir Alexander Don, 5th Baronet of Newton Don, who in 1777, along with other local gentry, formed a Society called the Caledonian Hunt, which met twice a year. The annual event of the Caledonian Hunt was the famous Caledonian Hunt Ball, an event so fashionable as to be attended by the majority of gentry of Scotland, and not a few from England.

According to tune collector Francis O'Neill, this strathspey first appeared in Robert Ross's A Choice Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances & Strathspeys, which was published in Edinburgh in 1780.