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Difference between piobreachd and ground???

by ERIN
(Scotland)

What is the difference between piobreachd and ground? I have just started a ground (Glengarrys Lament) and am a bit confused because it says it is a ground.

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Nov 24, 2011
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Difference between piobaireachd and ground?
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Erin,
What Miolchu says is mostly correct and good.
I have believed for a long time that there is a certain affinity of Piobaireachd and the Baroque classical music.

I hope the comments from us both have been helpful.
Regards,
Bill

Nov 24, 2011
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Piobaireachd
by: Miolchu

The writers of Piobaireachd were likely very familiar with musical developments on the continent from the baroque period onwards. While the contiental composers were developing musical notation, the composers of piobaireachd developed a method of describing their compositions known as canntaireahd. Which allowed readers familiar with this form of writing to reproduce compositions.

Pipe composers, like their baroque and classical counterparts, created pieces that started with a ground and added movements that were developments on the ground. In piobaireached, you might hear a piece that transitions from the ground (known as the urlar)with developments such as a taorluath, leumluath.

Music in the baroque and classical periods was not intended for player improvisation, it was to be played as faithfully to the composer as possible.

If you attend a piobaireachd competition, the players will be judged on their accuracy and ability to play a composition faithfully.

Improvosation should be left to the various 'popular' musical styles.

Aug 12, 2011
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Difference beteen piobaireachd and ground???
by: Bill Robertson

Hello Erin,
A piobaireachd (means "pipe music" - Ceol Mor is the other term meaning the great or big music) is what the complete composition is normally called. The ground, or Ular, is th opening theme from which the rest of the piece (variations)is normally derived with embellishmnets mostly becoming a bit more complex as the piece progresses.

I trust this helps. Further explanation might help with a piobaireachd or two I think that should be in Bagpipe tunes left of main page in our site if you look in.

All the best,
Bill

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