November 30, 2004

Fourth Set Tunes Series launches

The fourth Set Tunes Series by William Donaldson of Aberdeen, Scotland, will debut in a special section on St. Andrew’s Day, Tuesday, November 30, beginning appropriately with “Lament for the Union.”

Entitled “A thread of pride and self-esteem,” Willie Donaldson will take readers through a total of 18 of the tunes set for 2005. Also included will be sound files for six of the piobaireachds. The MP3-format files capture Donaldson’s vocal interpretation of several settings.

Also included in the new Set Tunes section will be a full archive of past four Set Tune Series, comprising all 52 piobaireachds. The compendium will allow pipers to scroll easily to a tune in which they’re interested. The new series will bring the total number of tunes analyzed and collected over the past five years to 70.

Willie Donaldson first started the series in 1999, the tunes have garnered world-wide attention. It is the first large-scale publication of piobaireachd not involving The Piobaireachd Society in almost 100 years.

The tunes in the 2005 series are:

  • “Beinn a’ Ghriain”
  • “The Boat Tune”
  • “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
  • “Clanranald’s Salute”
  • “Cluny MacPherson’s Salute”
  • “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
  • “The Earl of Ross’s March”
  • “Lady Doyle’s Salute”
  • “Lament for the Little Supper”
  • “MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament #2”
  • “MacKay’s Short Tune”
  • “MacLeod of MacLeod’s Lament”
  • “The Gathering of the MacNabs”
  • “March for a Beginner”
  • “Mrs. MacLeod of Tallisker’s Salute”
  • “Nameless” (cherede darievea)
  • “Lament for the Union”
  • “The Young Laird of Dungallon’s Salute”

    A new tune will appear approximately once a week.

    William Donaldson is a lecturer in history with Scotland’s Open University and was for many years a pupil of Robert Nicol, one of the famed “Bobs of Balmoral.”


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