Pipes|Drums has begun releasing Dr. Donaldson’s latest work in the Set Tunes Series for 2017. This year, he has thankfully included notes on pieces not on the Set Tunes list, which continues to be dominated by the “single-tune” rule (thereby eliminating the opportunity for competitors to learn and perform smaller tunes). It would be the next […]
Okay, after all this time, I think I’m ready to take on the nitty-gritty of learning the tune. The first thing I’m going to do is, after all the analysis and comparisons, is extract the core melodic structure. This will be unlike anything extant in the transcripts, but it gets us back to the melodic […]
There has been some discussion on here before, about getting this music into the ears of “normal” audiences. I’m a harper, not a piper, and so I play harp versions of these tunes. This is a lunchtime concert I played last week, of “traditional” Irish and Scottish tunes done in the style of 200 years […]
I’ll bet by now you are wondering why I am spending so much time conceptualizing the piece and haven’t gotten down into the act of playing it? Simply put: Ivan Galamian My violin teacher was a pupil of his. And she was one of the best teachers of music I ever came across: structured, disciplined, […]
This is a little interruption to my series on canntaireachd. It is not altogether unrelated. Keith Sanger recently sent me a cutting from The Scotsman that set me thinking. Dastaram gu seinnim pìob (PS 91) literally means ‘I am seized by passion to sing the pipe’, or ‘Hurrah that I sing the pipe!’, or possibly ‘I am mad about singing the pipe’. In any case, […]
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After a bit of initial score comparisons, maybe it will be helpful to hear what mid-century recordings we have of this. (Note: even the very earliest recordings we have are 75-100 years after MacKay’s book publication, during which even more major historical events intervened to further sever the connection between the music and its cultural […]