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Silver Medal Tunes 2017 – additional notes

Thanks to Alan Forbes for preparing this list of additional notes about the tunes set for the Silver Medal 2017.  Please contact us with any queries. Notes on 2017 Silver Medal Tunes  ...

20th Century Collection Errata

Here is an updated errata for the Piobaireachd Society 20th Century Collection. The Piobaireachd Society 20th C corrections 17.5.17...

Donald MacLeod’s Silver Medal Tunes

Recordings of the tunes composed by Donald MacLeod set for this year's Silver Medal are now available.  Thank you to Finlay Johnstone (Cronin Padruig Seamus), Willie McCallum (Roderick MacDonald's Salute), Angus McColl (Lament for John Morrison of Assynt House) and Iain Speirs (Lament for the Iolai...

What tune is this?

Can anyone identify this tune? The player is Iain Macfadyen.  Answers here please.  Tune name will be announced.  No prizes except the warm glow. [audio mp3="http://www.piobaireachd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Iain-MacFadyen-tune-unknown.mp3"][/audio]...

 

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.