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Data underpinning ‘A map of the pibroch landscape, 1760–1841’

This spreadsheet was first released as a commons-based peer production on 1 July 2014. It underpins the article ‘A map of the pibroch landscape, 1760–1841’ published in Piping Today, Issue 70, pp. 14–19. While this article was in press, Roderick Cannon kindly alerted me to five errors in Table 1. These were corrected in the first release of the spreadsheet (v5):

 

  • Under 5-pitch tunes, The MacDonald’s Salute should be PS 244 (not 111)
  • Under 6-pitch tunes, The Battle of Worcester should be deleted (PS 163 appears twice)
  • Table 1 should contain 313 tunes (I accidentally omitted three: PS 262, PS 318 and PS 319)

 

This research was made possible by the AHRC project, ‘Bass culture in Scottish musical traditions’ (www.bassculture.info). I am grateful to many individuals, but particularly to David McGuinness, Susan Rankin and Eleanor Murray for giving me the opportunity to spend so much time working on the data which Frans Buisman, Roderick Cannon and I first exchanged in 1995.

Please send any further corrections or requests to barnaby@pibroch.net

If this release facilitates musical discovery as powerfully as Roderick Cannon’s and Frans Buisman’s sharing of data facilitated mine, I would be delighted.

Barnaby Brown
Cambridge, 1 July 2014

Published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License. This lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Changes in v6, 8 November 2014 (highlighted yellow in Table 1 data):
PS 215 deleted (merged with PS 16), reducing the total to 312 tunes.
PS 16: sources added from PS 215 and edited English title revised from ‘The Gordons’ Salute’ to ‘The Gathering of Sìol Thormoid’.
PS 248: source D1 added and tonal synopsis revised. See Buisman in Piping Times 7: 44-49 (1988).
PS 164: closest archetypal cycle changed from O to LW.
PS 307: closest archetypal cycle changed from O to LW.
PS 309: tonal synopsis revised (pitch C is introduced after the Urlar).
PS 145: edited English title revised from ‘Oh Johnny, may you return safely’ to ‘May Johnny return safely’
PS 75: edited English title revised from ‘Maol Donn’ to ‘MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart’
PS 61: edited English title revised from ‘Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ to ‘Lament for Sir James ‘Mor’ MacDonald, 9th of Sleat’
PS 306: edited English title revised from ‘Lament for Sir James MacDonald of the Isles’ to ‘Lament for Sir James MacDonald, 15th of Sleat’
PS 107: edited English title revised from ‘The Tune of Strife’ to ‘The Blue Ribbon or The Tune of Strife’
Stats updated to reflect the above changes.

Changes in v7, 26 August 2015 (highlighted green in Table 1 data):
PS 146: edited English title revised from “Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg” to “Lament for Dunyvaig Castle”
PS 74: edited English title corrected from “Lament for Lord Breadalbane” to “Lord Breadalbanes’s March”
PS 153: tonal synopsis revised, adding low (G).
PS 204: tonal synopsis revised, adding E.
PS 6: edited English title revised from “The Macintyres’ Salute” to “Hillock of the Carrion Crow / MacIntyre’s Salute”
PS 107: edited English title revised from “The Blue Ribbon or The Tune of Strife” to “The Blue Ribbon / The Horse’s Bridle Tune”
PS 104: edited English title revised from “O Face so Fair” to “Head under Cover”
PS 183: assigned to DM:43 (1818)
PS 214: assigned to “My dearest on earth, give me your kiss”
PS 250: assigned to Dj.41 (1850)
PS 231: Edited English title revised from “MacLeod’s Salute ” to “The MacLeods’ Salute”