The Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay is often cited by top professional pipers as being in their shortlist of favourite pieces. This is probably for many reasons but could arguably all be boiled down to the fact that it does not fit into any regular phrasing pattern – it is what one would classify as an ‘irregular’ structure. This poses a number of challenges, not least in memorisation! It also, however, gives the player longer passages in which to express the emotions of the piece.
This series of lessons is not so much designed to teach the tunes, as to give an insight into some of the ‘bigger’ tunes, with the hope that it inspires curiosity, understanding and appreciation of these masterpieces, and of piobaireachd generally.
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