Lament for Red Hector of the Battles

Fraser Fifield

The story behind the tune...

Hector Maclean served as a military commander under his uncle, Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles. Ongoing territorial disputes between Barons of the East and West of Scotland led, in 1411, to the Battle of Harlaw, near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. The battle saved Aberdeen from destruction at the hands of the highland forces but Red Hector, along with many others, met his untimely end there. The composer of 'Lament for Red Hector of the Battles' is unknown.

In this arrangement, after recording the Highland Bagpipe I added soprano saxes in octaves and a tenor whistle in F.

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