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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="https://www.piobaireachd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Iain-MacFadyen-tune-unknown.mp3"][/audio]...

“New” Tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd

Recordings of 2 "new" tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd have been added. One of the Dead's Lament (Patrick Molard). Hirododo hiharara cherede cherede (Jack Taylor). These tunes had not previously been available in staff notation.  Scores are now published in "Pipers Meeting, New Tunes...

 

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.

 

1) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie
2) Iain Speirs - MacSwan of Roaig Lament for
3) Jon Don MacKenzie W M MacDonald - His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie