Flowers of the Forest

Slow Air

This is the traditional 2-parted funeral lament.





    Seems like I have heard this played as a longer tune, maybe another part or two. Any knowledge of such? The sheet music for that version would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Yes, you’re right. There is another version of this with another part that goes between this two. In all honesty, I never liked it and thought that it made the lament far too long. That’s why I never included it. But perhaps I should add the three-part version. For what it’s worth, I think it may be in one of the Scots Guards books… JM

  • The Scots Guards version has another part between the two parts in this recording. I think it is really nice. The tune is too short without it.


    As one of the pipers frequently called on to play this lament, often in sub zero temperatures after standing in the wind for over an hour, I too find 2 parts plenty.
    It also fits better when called on to play between last post and reveille…just my opinion. I can trot out all 3 parts if requested.

  • I usually play the 3 parts one time each. It is quite long if all parts are repeated.

  • @Robert. That’s an interesting idea. Hadn’t thought of that. I agree you might want to shorten in chilly weather, but think the whole thing is quite beautiful and at three minutes not too excessive.

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