Talk:Flow gently, sweet Afton (Jonathan E. Spilman)

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The external link added states that the music is by Alexander Hume, but I'm not sure, as he was a poet. Can anyone confirm this? —Carlos Email.gif 16:37, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

This score is basically unusable anyway. I would recommend that we do not retain it. --Bobnotts talk 17:00, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
Not sure; poorly done as it is, at least it offers a Sibelius source for someone to use as a base for a corrected/enhanced edition. If it was just a PDF, I'd agree with you in deleting. —Carlos Email.gif 17:26, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

Reply by: Chucktalk Giffen 14:51, 1 May 2010 (UTC)


Alexander Hume was a Scottish poet, not a composer. The original music is by Jonathan E. Spilman (1812-1896). See facsimile edition and historical marker. The melody or a variant is sometimes called "Afton Water" (the original title of the Burns poem), and the variant has been used as a tune for the Christmas carol "Away in a manger".

Thanks for the clarification, Chuck! —Carlos Email.gif 18:48, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

I agree with Chuck. It may be a messy version, but it's better than offering nothing and it can be tidied up in Sibelius by users. VictoriaVburmester 18:44, 3 July 2012 (CDT)