You'll find for each tune several informations like the score of course but also the lyrics and the origins of the air.
The tunes are classified in several groups : click on each air to get the whole description.
About the scores :
The tunes played with the Highland Bagpipe are mostly written in the keys of A (with a natural G) and D, according to the scottish writing.
Besides, as we play the A or D note from the score on the bagpipe, we hear a B flat or a E flat, so that the reel pitch is an halftone above.
Some of these scores have a second title, that is the name of the air related to the song.
You'll also find some scores in two groups instead of one : that is due to different possibilities of playing the tune. For example, some of them can be played as a march or as a dance, others as a slow air or a march.
Scottish Tunes for Highland Bagpipe
The Scottish Anthem
At least, four tunes can pretend to represent Scotland :
- Flower of Scotland : this tune is played at rugby matches to replace... God save the Queen,
- Scotland the Brave : a relatively recent tune again, from the early twentieth century,
- Amazing Grace,
- and, last but not least, Scots Wha Hae named by Robert Burns, the famous scottish poet, who put his words towards a very ancient tune (Hey Tuttie Tatie) played at Bannockburn (1314).