Thank you to Doug Macrae of Scott's Highland Services for providing this updated index of the Piobaireachd Society books to include book 16 Piobaireachd Index books 1-16 ...
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, K Crai...
Thanks to Jim McGillvray for sending this recording of the Company's Lament, often one of the first tunes learned....
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 ...
When the Highlands and Islands of Scotland adopted the bagpipe, perhaps some seven hundred years ago, pipers began to develop it 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’).
Piobaireachd is unique to this instrument. It cannot be successfully reproduced on any other. (The name piobaireachd is literally ‘piping’ in Gaelic.)
This classical pipe music consists of a theme, known as the ground, or in Gaelic the urlar (‘oorlar’), and variations on this theme.
The theme can express joy, sadness, or sometimes, in the ‘gathering’ tunes, a peremptory warning or call to arms.
Variations on the theme usually progress to the ‘crunluath’ variation, where the piper’s fingers give a dazzling technical display of embellishments or gracenotes.
The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1901 to encourage the playing teaching and study of this music.
2) Iain Speirs - MacSwan of Roaig Lament for
3) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie