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Gatherer's Grand Collection
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Hi Alistair, your point about the G natural and G# both being in The Balkan Hills is an interesting one and I have seen this very often in many tunes where the original pipe tune is played by other instruments, such as the fiddle, and the G naturals are changed to G# by the players.  I think it may be an attempt to get the scale to suit the key - Pipes give the notes of A mixolydian mode whereas the key signature is D major with just the 2 sharps, the G# missing from the mode.  Pipe tunes written in D major can render the notes of this scale with the F# and C# whereas pipe tunes in A mix, starting/ending on an A note, still only have the two sharps, so do not allow the scale of A major to be played.  Pipers are clever in that they rarely put the key signature on their scores!

Many non-pipe tunes are conversely adapted by pipers, who have to play the G natural, as you say.  I am thinking of tunes like Rowantree in the key of A major  (pipers play the G natural in the second part of the tune) and there are many other Scottish favourites which pipe bands have added to their repertoires over the years.  The late Andy Stewart made a good living out of adding lyrics to well-known pipe tunes - A Scottish Soldier, Take me Back, etc, and if I recall the tunes were adapted with the G being sharp, but I might be in error here.
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Gatherer's Grand Collection - by nigelgatherer - 08-08-2016, 08:39 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 11-08-2016, 11:22 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Eric R - 11-08-2016, 03:37 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 11-08-2016, 04:36 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by JAJ - 24-08-2016, 10:19 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 31-08-2016, 07:58 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 01-09-2016, 10:10 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 01-09-2016, 11:59 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 01-09-2016, 03:38 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 26-09-2016, 07:01 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 26-09-2016, 08:27 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 08:24 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Alistair - 27-09-2016, 01:13 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by John Kelly - 27-09-2016, 09:50 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 27-09-2016, 11:36 AM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 04:09 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Trish Santer - 27-09-2016, 01:30 PM
RE: Gatherer's Grand Collection - by Jack Campin - 27-09-2016, 11:57 PM

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