Sheet Music: Lochaber No More

TitleLochaber No More
Alternate titlesFarewell to Lochaber
Lament for Limerick
Limerick's Lamentation
King James March to Ireland
Sarsfield's Lamentation
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
Time signature3/4
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-05-28
Last updated2011-05-28
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Ballads, Celtic Music, Funeral music, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 28 May 2011

Tune of the Day: Lochaber No More

Traditional Scottish air

This slow air has been a favorite tune of Scottish pipers, who use it as a funeral march or lament. It was the poet Allan Ramsay who in 1724 set the words “Lochaber No More”, about an enlisted Highlander's nostalgia. As related by J. Murray Neil in The Scots Fiddle, “It is on record that, in the old days, the playing of this nostalgic Gaelic air to the Highland regiments on active service abroad had such a profound adverse effect on the morale of the men, that eventually it had to be banned.”

The tune is known in Ireland as “Limerick's Lamentation”.