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Old 11-03-2018, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Christmas Carols for Bagpipes

Hello Piping World,


I am searching for arrangements from the following german Christmas Carols for the Great Highland Bagpipe:



O du fröhliche
O Tannenbaum


Does anybody know a source in the internet where to get the arrangements? (e.g. in *.bww-format)?


All the best from Switzerland.


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Old 11-03-2018, 07:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Christmas Carols for Bagpipes

Hi Matthias,


Please try:
"Christmas Carols"
Beautiful Christmas Music
Complied, edited and arranged

for the Highland Bagpipe by

Dr Keith E. Macdonald


Vol 2, Edition 2 of

The Church Piper


tune #41 is



O Christmas Tree/ O Tannenbaum


All the best,


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Old 11-04-2018, 08:53 AM   #3
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Old 11-04-2018, 03:58 PM   #4
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SwissPiper,

There are many... and quite well suited to the pipes!! :)

And most... easily worked out by ear... if the printed
notes are not near to you.

"Good King Wenceslas" comes to mind, followed by
"Adeste Fidelis," "Deck the Halls With Boughs of Holly,"
"Joy to the World," "Sing We Merrily on High," "God Rest
Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and many more.

Best of Good Fortune with it!! :)

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Old 11-04-2018, 05:19 PM   #5
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Lots of carols mixed in among the hymns here on my pipetunes.ca site:

Hymns and carols.

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Old 11-04-2018, 06:32 PM   #6
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I also have a tune book of Christmas carols arranged for the pipes with harmony (and a CD included) here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1943784094/
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Old 11-06-2018, 06:22 AM   #7
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Tannenbaum of course exceeds the range of the GHB.

As with any such tune, there are multiple ways of compressing for the limited range of the pipes.

1) You can put the tune in a range where the high notes fit, meaning that some of the low notes have to be played an octave up.

2) Or you can put the tune in a range where the low notes fit, meaning that some of the high notes have to be played an octave down.

3) Abandon the melody by putting notes in that aren't in the melody.

#3 doesn't work if you're playing along with other people who are playing the melody correctly. For ensemble playing you can play a harmony part that does fit on the pipes.

Anyhow if you play Tannenbaum in the key of A Major there are Low E's and Low G#'s that the pipes don't have. (Well you can cover both of the vent-holes for Low E and half-hole Low G Sharp... it's been done.)

I prefer to bump the tune up into the key of D Major, and take some of the high notes down an octave. Yes you only need to take High B down an octave, but the melody has a smoother, more normal shape if you take one certain High A down, too.

The offending passage properly goes:

HA | HA F HB* HA | HA HG HG | HG E HA* HG | HG F LA | (the last Low A takes you back to the first part).

The High B (marked *) has to be taken down the octave unless you're proficient at "pinching" High B. The High A marked * is the one I feel makes more melodic sense by taking it too down the octave though it's obviously within GHB range.

BTW I wrote a harmony part for that, and for numerous other Carols.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:39 PM   #8
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There are many great options! I would also like to suggest the new collection On This Day Earth Shall Ring containing 115 Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany carols arranged for pipes —almost all of them with one or more harmony parts. Reviewed by Piping Today Magazine here.

Over 30 of these arrangements are also available for $1 as individual downloads: http://birchenmusic.com/product-cate...ventchristmas/

~ Tim

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