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Old 01-30-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, maybe someone can help me , I have been asked to play a wedding and the bride insists on me playing "O GOD BEYOND ALL PRAISING" The original tune is by Gustav Holst. She sent me a mp3 of a piper playing the tune with an organ, but the pipe might be in a different key because the range is beyond my chanter. Does anyone out there in cyber land have or know where I can find an arrangement of this tune for the GHB.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #2
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I've found it in a hymnal in B flat major, starting on low D, highest note is D. IF we were to transpose up to D, we'd have to start on the non-existant low F# If we set it in A, you'd need to play high G#s and would also need C#s at the top end or break octaves ibn a few places. Any idea who the piper was on the mp3?I'll have a go at it later on today.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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Okay, having given it a run-through, I find the tune is lifted from Gustav Holst's The Planets, a wonderful work for Wind Band. Yes, I've played it with wind band many years ago.

I've worked up a pipeable version (in our key of D, which would be E flat to the wind band).
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:00 PM   #4
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Does she realize you're playing a different type of bagpipe than that in the recording? The last thing you want is an angry bride the day of.
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