A real standard ‘street’ tune, Farewell to the Creeks is perhaps technically more challenging than is often apprectiated. From pipetunes.ca – “Supposedly written onto a piece of yellow blotting paper while the composer, James “Robbie” Robertson, was in solitary confinement in a German POW camp during the Great War, the tune refers to a natural feature of the coastline of Portknockie on the southern short of the Moray Firth. “The Creeks” are spectacular rocky inlets here caused by heavy sea erosion.” Get the score here.
Piping competitions, whether band or solo, have always focussed on the 2/4 march as the undisputed test piece for technique and expression. Arguably this has resulted in the 6/8 march being considered as inferior and being neglected. However, despite there not being the same number of opportunities to play 6/8 marches there are still an enormous number of excellent tunes out there. In this series John Mulhearn looks at some of the standards of the genre, taking time to look at how to successfully interpret the rhythm and draw out the phrasing, while paying equal attention to the technical difficulties in each tune.
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