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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...

War or Peace

In response to several enquiries about War or Peace as set this year for the Gold Medal competitions, with the Gesto setting recommended, the following note has been added to the tune page D movements in ground  The D movements are timed differently in the various scores. Any of these timings...

 

Welcome

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.