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Scottish Sheet Music

Scottish Sheet Music - Irish Sheet Music ArchivesSince our parent organization, Milwaukee Irish Fest, selected a Scotland Music Showcase for the 2014 festival, we’ve decided to highlight some of the Scottish themed sheet music from our collections. The pieces in this gallery are just a sample of the music that we have identified as having some Scottish connection, so be sure to browse the “Scottish” tag to discover more.

Scottish Ballads

Scottish ballads make up some of the earliest pieces of sheet music in our collections. “The Broom of Cowdenknows” was published in Philadelphia in 1821; however, this version contains an older set of lyrics that appeared as early as the 1630s. The writing of Robert Burns was also a source for these early ballad publications, with his “O Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut” from 1835 being a prime example.

Scottish Dance Tunes

Musical themes from Scotland were also used for instrumental pieces during the 1800s for social dancing. Examples include “The Scotch Polka” and “The Edinburgh Quadrille” by Charles d’Albert. William Wilson’s collection of “The Edinburgh Quadrille” from 1850 includes notation for the concertina, which was beginning to become a popular instrument at the time.

Scottish Themes in Tin Pan Alley

Much as Tin Pan Alley composers and artists appropriated Irish and Irish-American imagery for their songs and cover art, Scottish themes were used to appeal to music lovers of Scottish extraction. Titles and lyrics of songs often refer to bagpipes and dances like the Highland Fling. Cover art makes use of tartan patterns and images of pipers. We also see the merger of popular musical fads with an ethnic theme in the example of the “Hot Scotch Rag” which attempts to marry the Scotch snap with ragtime syncopation.

Sheet Music

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Annie Lawrie IF SL 00-906View Details
Bonnie Briar Bush, The IF SL 01-330
  • Ellis, Jacob Henry
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Bonnie Dundee IF SL 00-875View Details
Bonnie Dundee Quadrille, The IF SL 01-071
  • D'Albert, Charles
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Broom Of Cowdenknows, The IF SL 00-693View Details
Dumbarton's Bonnie Dell IF SL 00-789
  • Sinclair, John
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Edinburgh Quadrille IF SL 01-488
  • D'Albert, Charles
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Edinburgh Quadrille, The IF SL 02-278
  • Wilson, William
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Heather Flowers or Recollections Of Scotland IF SL 01-519
  • Iucho, Wilhelm
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Highland Mary IF SL 01-955
  • MacDonald, Hamish
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Highland Schottische IF SL 01-324
  • Sweet, A. S.
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Highlanders' March IF SL 01-006
  • Peters, W. C.
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Hot Scotch Rag IF SL 01-921
  • Fischler, H. A.
  • Dittmar, W. J.
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I Lo'e Nae A Laddie But Ane IF SL 00-857
  • Parry, John
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Ingle Side, The IF SL 02-394
  • Wiesenthal, T. V.
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I've A Shooting-Box In Scotland IF SM 01-198
  • Porter, Cole
  • Riggs, T. Lawrason
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Kilcoy Schottische, The IF SL 00-835
  • R. W. H.
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London Scottish Triumphant March, The IF SL 00-692
  • Haines, Herbert E.
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Mary My Heather Queen IF SL 02-005
  • Hirsch, Louis A.
  • Lowitz, John B.
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Melodies From Scotland ECW SL 00-166
  • Weaver, Richard L.
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My Highland Lassie Jean IF SL 02-062
  • Erlan, John Oliver
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O' Saw Ye The Lass, Wi' The Bonny Blue Een IF SL 01-873
  • Ryan, Richard
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O Willie Brew'd A Peck O' Maut IF SL 00-794
  • Burns, Robert
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Piper's Wedding, The IF SL 01-450
  • Thayne, Kennedy
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Queen O' Scots SchottischeIF SL 00-877
  • Barnard, D'Auvergne
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Royal Scotch Quadrilles, The IF SL 02-003
  • Allwood, T. H.
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Roy's Wife Of Aldivalloch IF SL 01-871View Details
Roy's Wife of AldivallochIF PB 00-014View Details
Scotch Lassie Jean; and Her Reply, Your Lassie Will Be True (Part one and two) IF SL 00-856
  • Danks, H. P.
  • Peabody, J. H.
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Scotch Polka, The IF SL 01-476
  • D'Albert, Charles
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Scots Wha Haae Wi Wallace Bled IF SL 00-602
  • Parry, John
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Tam O'Shanter ECW SL 00-192
  • Warren, George W.
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There's A Little Bit Of Scotch In Mary (But Not Too Much For Me) ECW SL 00-194
  • Von Tilzer, Harry
  • Kilgour, Garfield
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Wee MacGreegor Highland Patrol, The IF SL 00-756
  • Ambers, H. G.
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When Highland Mary Did The Highland Fling ECW SL 00-200
  • Von Tilzer, Harry
  • Mahoney, Jack
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Your Lassie Will Be True and Scotch Lassie Jean IF SL 02-331
  • Cooper, George
  • Peabody, J. H.
  • Danks, H. P.
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