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Old 03-16-2017, 06:12 AM   #1
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Default The Piper's Meeting - Available Now

Patrick Molard and Dr. Jack Taylor have collaborated to produce a new volume translating the Campbell Canntaireachd into staff notation. These are songs* that came down to us without staff notation originally.

Hence, these are intelligent and thoughtful translations, personal interpretations based on musicianship, experience, intuition and collaboration.

The risk is that pipers will approach these scores from a "notational fundamentalist" perspective, not embracing the idea that Campbell Canntaireachd is particularly open to quite fluid musical interpretation, nor being courageous enough to use the scores as a starting point for their own personal angle on the canntaireachd.

These tunes have been routinely overlooked and ignored by pipers for three reasons: (1) pipers remain ignorant of Campbell Canntaireachd, (2) pipers fear the absence of rhythmic notation in the written canntaireachd, both of which lead to (3) the absence of these tunes on Set Lists and competitions.

It's a shame. Perhaps this effort by two remarkable students of The Bobs will help entice pipers to perform the tunes. It would be even better if, once encountered, pipers would take the next step and try out their own interpretations.

I found my copy on Piping Press. I am sure the PS website store will soon make it available.

There will be a presentation on it at this year's Piobaireachd Society meeting in Birnham (which will probably be video'ed for future YouTube consumption).
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:14 PM   #2
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Patrick was my former piobaireachd instructor and I guess some of the new tunes I had the chance to learn canntaireachd with him!
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:56 PM   #3
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I bought 'The Piper's Meeting' at the Piobaireachd Conference and Dinner in Dunkeld yesterday

This book was the subject of one of the sessions, where tunes within it were discussed and examples played by the President and Patrick Molard

Two great players with instruments to match

There are three tunes in the book that I took to immediately when I played through the pages with my practice chanter
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Old 03-27-2017, 08:59 AM   #4
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As I read the debriefing I see Patrick Molard played during this meeting with its own Donald MacDonald replica made by Pierre Blanchet.
I also bought the book on the Piping Press website.

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Old 03-27-2017, 02:43 PM   #5
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The sounds from Patrick's pipes were special enough to grab all our attention

I believe the chanter may have been a rare replica of an early example as well
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Old 03-28-2017, 04:34 PM   #6
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I bought this book in Glasgow last week and looked through 20 of tunes on the plane on the way home. I think it's a fantastic publication. I like the tunes I saw and I like the way they are presented. Very readable and musically notated, with lots of room for personal interpretation.

A real ground-breaker I think.

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Old 03-29-2017, 04:52 AM   #7
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The sounds from Patrick's pipes were special enough to grab all our attention

I believe the chanter may have been a rare replica of an early example as well
Yes Roger, the chanter is a Donald MacDonald replica made by Pierre and its scale was adapted to fit better with modern ears; LowA is Bb430 or so.

Here is a pix of the same (except the sole that is a wee different):

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The holes on that chanter look much smaller than the ones on the Donald MacDonald I used to own years ago (and regretted parting with)
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Like that one?



May be the holes look bigger because they are worn what do you think about?

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Old 03-31-2017, 03:56 AM   #10
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This Saturday at 9.00 PM GMT you have a date on Pipeline at BBC Scotland with the interview of Patrick Molard during its convention of The Piobaireachd Society with Patrick Molard and Jack Taylor playing some tunes of their new publication:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ky175
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