Giordani : Queen Mary's lamentation : Score, part(s) and cover page
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Composer: Tommaso Giordani (1730 - 1806)
"Sung by Sigr. Tenducci at the Pantheon. The instrumental parts by Sigr. Giordani" c. 1790.
A supposedly traditional Scottish song, about which many claims were made concerning the origin. Some said the words were by Mary, Queen of Scots to a traditional melody; others said that the words were of unknown attribution to a melody composed by Mary herself. The song was sent to Haydn, to arrange as one of his Scottish songs. All that can be said with certainty is that the song rose without trace in the late 1780s with words from the faux-historic school of Ossian and Chatterton, and that the tune, here described as arranged by Giordani, more closely resembles a contemporary Neapolitan tune than one from late sixteenth century Scotland (or Fotheringhay).
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