The Piobaireachd Society
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APC Guide to Pibroch

Produced by Altpibroch Club, this ebook is billed as the first complete guide to the earliest pibroch scores.  An opening sentence of " Piobaireachd is not what it has been described to you as a piper",  and a series of rules summarised by  "If you cannot sing it, you cannot play it" set the tone...

Campbell Canntaireachd tunes not in Piobaireachd Society books

Of the 168 tunes in the Campbell Cantaireachd, 45 do not appear in Piobaireachd Society books 1-16. Recordings and staff notation scores of these tunes have now been added to the this website.  The scores are from the book "Pipers Meeting" by Patrick Molard and Jack Taylor.  The scores and some...

Piobaireachd Society books 1-3 now online for members

The Piobaireachd Society scores from books 1-3 have now been placed on each tune page for Piobaireachd Society members. Battle of Auldearn 1, Battle of Auldearn 2, Battle of the Bridge of Perth, Battle of the Pass of Crieff, Battle of Waternish, Bells of Perth, Big Spree, Black Donald's March, Bli...

St Cecilia’s Hall Concert Video

The video of the Piobaireachd Concert in St Cecilia's Hall, Edinburgh on 12th August is now available. First Half Introduction by Robert Wallace 0.00-3.57 A Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick (Ian K MacDonald) - from 3.57 to 11.36 Beloved Scotland (Glenn Brown) 11.36 - 22.10 Cabar F...

 

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.