Sheet Music: MacPherson's Lantern

TitleMacPherson's Lantern
ComposerRoddy Campbell (1937—)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature3/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2022-09-01
Last updated2022-09-01
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Thursday 1 September 2022

Tune of the Day: MacPherson's Lantern

Pipe march by Roddy Campbell

Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. About the title “MacPherson's Lantern”, he writes:

This was of course the moon, in the silvery light of which MacPherson and his clansmen would thoughtfully give Lowland cattle an opportunity to sample newer and higher pastures.

Jamie Macpherson was a late-17th-century Scottish outlaw, who was hanged in 1700 after being convicted of stealing cattle and sheep. He became famed for his song commonly called “Macpherson's Lament”, which he is said to have composed on the eve of his execution.