December 31, 2005

Piobaireachd Society makes amendments to Set Tunes

The Piobaireachd Society has announced amendments and made additional notes to settings of three of the tunes set for the major gatherings of 2006.

In “Port Urlar,” which appears in the list for the Senior competitions, the Piobaireachd Society has made available its recommended setting and editorial notes in the current edition of the group’s Collection is available on its Web site.

At the recent Piobaireachd Society judges seminar it was decided that both versions of “Fair Honey” published by the Piobaireachd Society are acceptable. The one currently found in Book 9 is substantially different to the one in the first edition. The Piobaireachd Society has made the music and editorial notes of the current edition available on its Web site. “Fair Honey” is set for the Gold Medal competitions.

Regarding the Silver Medal tune, “The Duke of Atholl’s Salute,” Jack Taylor, secretary of the organization’s Music Committee, says, “The setting in Book 14 is based on that in William Ross’s book published in 1885. In this there is a crunluath movement on the final E at the end of phrases 1 and 2, line 1, and phrase 1, lines 2 and 3. The absence of the “C” symbol under these notes in Book 14 is therefore considered to be an error. Ross’s setting is written with an open fosgailte. The Piobaireachd Society writes it closed.”

“Fair Honey” has appeared in William Donaldson’s popular series on the 2006 set tunes, and “The Duke of Atholl’s Salute” is still to come.


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