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Set Tunes 2017

THE PIOBAIREACHD SOCIETY SET TUNES FOR 2017 The Piobaireachd Society recommends the following lists of tunes for competitions in 2017: A. SENIOR COMPETITIONS In Praise of Morag PS 1, K The Prince's Salute PS 1, K The Unjust Incarceration PS 2, K Colin Roy MacKenzie's Lament PS 3, ...

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Piobaireachd on Radio

Pipeline   Lament for McSwan of Roaig (Bill Geddes) Lament for the Iolaire (Calum Beumont)Garden of Roses (Stuart Liddell), Lament for the Little Supper (Patrick Molard), Lament for the Iolaire (Callum Beumont), Cherede darieva (FredMorrison)...

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Company’s Lament

Thanks to Jim McGillvray for sending this recording of the Company's Lament, often one of the first tunes learned....

Conference 2016 Report

Keeping Piobaireachd Alive was a thread running through this enjoyable weekend. Donald MacLeod kept Piobaireachd alive by composing and teaching. His pupil John Wilson, delivering the College of Piping lecture, talked of how Donald had said to him, aged 10, that he would be "searching the fibres ...

Princes Salute – Alternative settings

Thanks to Peter McCalister for sending this article on the different ways The Princes Salute has been written and played.  It is the first of a series, the aim being to encourage players to look beyond the standard printed scores. It is available only to Piobaireachd Society members who should ...

 

Welcome

When the Highlands and Islands of Scotland adopted the bagpipe, perhaps some six hundred years ago, they began to develop the instrument and its music to suit their needs and tastes.

What emerged was the instrument we know today as the Great Highland Bagpipe, and a form of music, piobaireachd (pronounced Pee-broch), which is unique to the instrument.  The music consists of a theme (ground) and variations on this theme.  The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes in the “gathering” tunes , a peremptory warning or call to arms.

The theme is developed in a series of variations, which usually progress to the “crunluath” variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishment or gracenotes.

The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.