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Old 10-02-2019, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default Celtic Farewell - Sweeney

I've been asked to play this piece with our School District's concert band. Was wondering if anyone else has played it, and if so, did you play with a Bb setup, or just standard tuning? For the most part the piper isn't playing with the ensemble, so I guess it really doesn't matter, but it just seems like it would be awkward to not try and be closer to their pitch.

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Old 10-02-2019, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Celtic Farewell - Sweeney

Just scanning through, at 3:30 the bagpipes are very much playing with the ensemble.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Celtic Farewell - Sweeney

I played it a few years ago with a school band in the area. I didn't think I had a "B flat" chanter at the time and so used standard tuning. Sorry, I don't remember if I accompanied the band or played solo. The pipes don't play until the final beat of measure 60. The bagpipe score in the piece is the Irish tune "The Parting Glass".




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Old 10-02-2019, 03:00 PM   #4
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Interestingly in the verbiage of the link it describes the Parting Glass as a Scottish Ballad.
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:51 AM   #5
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Interestingly in the verbiage of the link it describes the Parting Glass as a Scottish Ballad.
I remember reading some time ago that Deoch an doruis ( A Parting Glass) was based on an older Scots song.
BTW there are at least three distinct tunes used for those lyrics:
The one in http://www.ceolsean.net/content/Glen...nIris_TOC.html William Walsh's collection published by Mozart Allen;
The way the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem sang it, which uses the same tune as their "Bridget McGrath (McGraw?) about a lass who strangled two sailors with the starps of her bra;
and the way the High Kings sing it, to a tune that resembles "Will Ye No' Come Back Again.
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Old 10-14-2019, 04:33 PM   #6
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Yes, I played it with a school band and used my Bb chanter which I strongly recommend.
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