Small Tunes: “The Last Day of the Year”
The end of another year approaches. It is an old Scottish tradition on Hogmanay, the last day of the year, to build a large fire and cast in and burn all that you wish gone for the coming year. Hogmanay-type celebrations are almost universal worldwide with the warmth of a large fire reminding us meager humans that the crushing darkness of winter will be over eventually and the sun of spring and summer will be here again. The tune â€œThe Last Day of the Yearâ€ is one among several tunes from the piping tradition, tunes such as â€œI Wish You a Merry New Year,â€ â€œNew Yearâ€™s Day,â€ and â€œHogmanay was Ever Cheery,â€ that ush in the start of another year with an an upbeat, frivolous mood. Download the score for the strathspey and reel settings of â€œThe Last Day of the Yearâ€ below and play the one that suits your particular New Yearâ€™s Eve celebration. Happy New Year!