Sheet Music: Within a Mile of Edinborough Town

TitleWithin a Mile of Edinborough Town
Alternate titles'Twas Within a Mile o' Edinburgh Town
ComposerJames Hook (1746–1827)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2019-05-14
Last updated2019-05-14
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Tune of the Day: Within a Mile of Edinburgh Town

arranged for two flutes

This duet is taken from Blake's Young Flutist's Magazine, published in Philadelphia in 1833. The air is usually attributed to English organist and composer James Hook (1746–1827), although some sources attribute it to Henry Purcell or to Jeremiah Clarke.

This tune has become famous as the vehicle for a song of the same name by English writer Thomas D'Urfey (1653–1723), which “is a noted example of those composed by English wits in imitation of the Scots Manner, and which were, with little discrimination, accepted as Scots songs in Scotland itself.” (Robert Chambers, The songs of Scotland prior to Burns, 1890)