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Thread #102784   Message #3821911
Posted By: keberoxu
21-Nov-16 - 02:11 PM
Thread Name: bagpipe music question
Subject: RE: bagpipe music question
More about the "Lament for Nurse Cavell." I was wrong and I owe you all an apology, on one point.

The bagpipe "pibroch" tune, and the Gaelic-language melody, in fact are basically the same thing. They simply are not identical, not a complete match. I won't bore you with which bars, in the middle of the composition, go differently in the bagpipes version than they do in the sheet music for the song. But I have to admit that apart from those specific measures, the sheet music gives you two different interpretations, as it were, of the same tune.

It was just extremely distracting, in the process of sight-reading, to have on one hand the Lament song with top-down harmonizing for keyboard accompaniment, credited to "Arthur W. Marchant, Mus. Doc., " and sounding like a High Church anthem in diatonic minor, and on the other hand to look at an unaccompanied melody bristling with grace-note ornaments. The fact is, I got it wrong.