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Level 1 - Piobaireachd
Thu 11 June 2015
4:00 pm BST
Roddy Macleod
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Roddy MacLeod takes a look through this poignant piece in the Donald MacDonald style. View the original score here.

Donald MacDonald could be described as “the pioneer of the modern method of writing Highland bagpipe music on the stave.” He published his first collection of ceol mor in 1820, with the second following six years later in 1826. While these books were the first published we can see a more direct descent in the settings played today from Angus MacKay’s collection. However, over recent years there has been a growing interest in Donald MacDonald’s settings and style, in which there are often different types of variation with alternative ways of playing embellishments. In this course Roddy MacLeod and Glenn Brown look at some of their own favourites from the Donald MacDonald collections, throwing a different light on some familiar pieces. Scans of the original manuscripts are available from the Piobaireachd Society website while the lessons will use recently reedited versions which can be purchased here

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