“Herr Roloff’s Farewell”. Written by James Scott Skinner, “eminent violinist and composer” of Scottish Violin music. Played on Piano Accordion. I first heard this tune played by Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham. I thought it was beautiful. Skinner was from Banchory and became a victorian “pop star” of his day on the fiddle. Personal musician to Queen Victoria and a great self-publicist. He called himself “The Strathspey King”. He is buried in Allenvale Cemetry in Aberdeen. His grave features a bust of himself, a few bars of the music of one of his most famous tunes, “The Boonie Lass o’ Bon-Accord” and along the base is written – ” In Memory of James Scott Skinner The Strathspey King Born at Banchory 15th August 1843 – Died at Aberdeen 17th March 1927 The Greatest Violin Exponent & Composer of Scottish National Music, Erected by his many friends and admirers. Herr Adolf L. Roloff was a musical friend of Skinner and it is said he composed this in memory of Roloff when he was forced to return to Germany as the first world war unfolded. The original music manuscript is available free here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/display.php?ID=JSS0183
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