Monday, August 04, 2008

New Book of Pipe Music

My composition, The Merry Wedding Hornpipe, has been published in Iain MacDonald's new book of pipe tunes, Along the Road.

I wrote the tune a few years ago for the wedding of my friends Colin & Inge Merry, and was very pleased to learn that Iain selected it for his long-awaited book of tunes.  Iain was a friend and student of the legendary piper and composer Donald MacLeod.  In this new book, Iain shares with the world several of Donald's previously unpublished compositions.  Donald is considered by many to be the greatest composer of pipe tunes.  He published six books of his own prior to his passing in 1982.  Donald's pipe tunes have become classics.  His strathspey Susan MacLeod (named for one of his daughters) was selected as the greatest pipe tune of all time by  So, the fact that this book brings new Donald MacLeod tunes to the light of day is an historical rarity and a remarkable event.  That my hornpipe composition was chosen for the collection is a true honor.

The Merry Wedding Hornpipe is also available from my Downloadable Tune Lessons.

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