Taking another look at the remarkable Hannay-MacAuslan collection, we now turn to a famous (Set List 2019) tune: PS 013 – The Rout of Glenfruin. You can listen to Bruce Gandy perform it here: Tunes Index The primary sources are not significantly different from one another: As expected, Angus MacKay favors the held-E cadence, whereas […]
While we are on the subject, I’ve been pondering this issues for quite some time, and recently overheard arguments regarding Joseph MacDonald, whose musical notation seems to suggest that the rhythmic component of the modern taorluath and is more in keeping with 18th century practice. Notice how the first four beats of the movement resemble […]
Taorluaths and the Not-So-Redundant A Some people claim that the debate over the “redundant A” in Pibroch is irrelevant as the difference between the prevalent modern taorluath and the older version is inaudible. This is not the case however. The “full traditional taorluath” is more intricate and, more importantly, preserves the three-beats-to-each-melody-note structure which according […]
Shaking it up – Rhythm and Echo Beats First of all a “disclaimer” regarding the apparent quality of the playing on the archive recordings: For those who listen to the re-published CD it is important to note the difficulties facing George in the ‘playing’ aspect. By the 1980s he was rapidly approaching total blindness and, […]
Another in the series of explorations into traditional settings and interpretations. Simple recordings of five urlars, intended to open musical possibilities in an effort to imagine performances in their original genres, tempos and expressions.
Introduction When I first heard piobaireachd, it was a live performance to commemorate a death, and it made a such a profound impression on me that I took up playing the Highland bagpipes (I was already an experienced border piper), and took it upon myself to learn to play this amazing music. I bought a […]