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Early Manuscripts and books of Piobaireachd

This section shows many of the early manuscripts and books of Piobaireachd.


Donald MacDonald Volume 1

Donald MacDonald Ancient Martial Music of Caledonia

Donald MacDonald was born in Skye in 1767. He became the leading pipe-maker of his day, and a collector of the traditional pipe music, and pioneer of the modern method of writing pipe music on the stave. After many years of study, he published his first collection of piobaireachd in 1820.



The Piobaireachd Society has now published a new edition of Donald’s book. It presents the 23 pieces in complete detail. MacDonald styles of notation and ornamentation and are preserved, but the layout uses the concise graphical methods familiar to users of other Piobaireachd Society publications. Introductory chapters give the historical background, describe the source materials, and give a general overview of MacDonald’s style of playing. To help in using this book as a performing text, there is a short summary of the main features of Macdonald’s notation, with editorial suggestions as to how they can be played. Also on this website are facsimiles of the Hannay McAuslin Munuscript which was a source for Donald MacDonald.

 

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Title Page  Get Document: Title Page
Outside Front Cover  Get Document: Outside Front Cover
Inside Front Cover  Get Document: Inside Front Cover
Instructions  Get Document: Instructions
Donald MacDonald V1 Princes Salute Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Princes Salute
Donald MacDonald V1 Finger LockFinger Lock Hakka ... Get Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Finger Lock
Donald MacDonald V1 Donald Gruamach's March Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Donald Gruamach's March
Donald MacDonald V1 Lament for the Duke of Hamilton Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Lament for the Duke of Hamilton
Donald MacDonald V1 Glengarry's March Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Glengarry's March
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Clan's Gathering  Get Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Clan's Gathering
Donald MacDonald V1 Too Long in this Condition Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Too Long in this Condition
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Rout of Glen Fruin Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Rout of Glen Fruin
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Salute to Allister More MacDonaldAlso known as Boisdale's Salute ...Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Salute to Allister More MacDonald
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Sister's Lament Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Sister's Lament
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Grant's Gathering Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Grant's Gathering
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Gathering of the MacDonald's of Clanranald  Get Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Gathering of the MacDonald's of Clanranald
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Mary's Praise Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Mary's Praise
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Aged Warrior's Sorrow Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Aged Warrior's Sorrow
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for Patrick More McCruimmen  Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for Patrick More McCruimmen
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Groat Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 The Groat
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for King James' Departure Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for King James' Departure
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for Ronald MacDonald Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for Ronald MacDonald
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 At Birth of Roderick More MacLeod Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 At Birth of Roderick More MacLeod
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Lament for Samuel Listen to Tune 
Donald MacDonald V1 Lord Breadabane's March Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald V1 Lord Breadabane's March
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Black Donald's March Listen to TuneGet Document:   Donald MacDonald Volume 1 Black Donald's March
Donald MacDonald Volume 1 End of the Great Bridge  Listen to TuneGet Document: Donald MacDonald Volume 1 End of the Great Bridge
MacDonald Airs  Get Document: MacDonald Airs