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Old 03-14-2018, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Definition of piobaireachd in general music dictionary

Having recently received a music dictionary as a gift, and a welcome one, I had to look up some bagpipe terms just to see what the book had to say. For "piobaireach" it said this includes grounds and variation as well as laments and, I believe, airs. I don't have the book with me for a direct quote. Is that correct and my understanding of the term is too narrow or is the book a bit off? The book also mentions a term for music that falls between ceol beag and ceol mor, which includes marches. Again, I don't remember the word for it (snap!! I should have waited until I brought the book before starting this!!) but it, too, starts with "m". Are there actually three categories of pipe music?
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:11 PM   #2
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Cel Meadhonach (middle music)
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Definition of piobaireachd in general music dictionary

This is as good a definition as any. It is from the Wikipedia article. originally authored by Barnaby Brown.
The Gaelic word Piobaireachd literally means "piping" or "act of piping." The word is derived from pob ("pipes") via pobaire ("piper") plus the abstract forming suffix -eachd. In Gaelic, pobaireachd literally refers to any pipe music, not merely cel mr (lit. "big music"). Pibroch is a spelling variant first attested in Lowland Scots in 1719.

Bagpipe societies, such as the Glasgow-based Piobaireachd Society, have commonly employed the term piobaireachd as a synonym for ceol mor played on the Great Highland Bagpipes.
I tend to answer when asked, "You know all the music you hear today on the bagpipes? mostly marches for parades, or music for dancing? (and Amazing Grace...) Well, pibroch is folk music, from an earlier era, and was played for everything else in life: weddings, funerals, military battles, great gatherings, reminiscences, entertainments, story-telling, even the mundane chore of rowing a boat on the sea."

There is ceol mor, ceol beag and ceol meadhonach.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:28 PM   #4
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Wasn't the term "ceol meadhonach" cooked up by Kilberry folks for their early 1900s book of music, with little or no basis of prior use?
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:07 AM   #5
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Wasn't the term "ceol meadhonach" cooked up by Kilberry folks for their early 1900s book of music, with little or no basis of prior use?
Come to think of it: yes, I think you're right about that.
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Old 03-15-2018, 05:15 AM   #6
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Ceol measgachadh, mayhaps
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