So next up is another traditional arrangement of mine, Concept Y Pieper Coch, or Dance of the Red Pipers. At least thats what it means according to a friend of mine. I came across this tune on a cd called The Rough Guide to the Music of Wales. I was going to Florida State Univ at the time and was always looking through the Music Library’s cd collection. On the cd this tune is played on two bagpipes and in a different key.
Technically there is not alot to say, most of the tune is just two voices, melody and bass, with harmony in there sometimes too. There are some simple grace notes in places, which adds some nice texture. The middle finger thwack comes up in a few passages. Its indicated by a carat above the note. One thing that i do a few times in this piece that is neat is playing the bass off the beat. Check out measures 8 and 26. Its a nice rhythmic change and creates some simple variation for the listener.
Unlike my previous arrangements that have been in major keys, this one is in G minor. I like that Orkney works well for several keys, both major and minor.
After i arranged this tune i want to the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week and happened to play it for Steve Baughman, who insisted i teach it to him. He then came up with an awesome arrangement that him and Robin Bullock recorded on their Celtic Guitar Summit album. That was the highlight of Guitar Week for me that year.
Here is the audio track, as well as the notation. On the audio its the first tune in the set. There are some differences in the audio vs the notation, but the tune is repetitive enough that the notation should be pretty straight forward.
Welsh Pipe Tune Audio
Welsh Pipe Tune Notation
Let me know if you have any questions.