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His Father's Lament For Donald MacKenzie

 

His Father's Lament For Donald MacKenzie is a tribute to a departed son was composed by John Ban MacKenzie. Son Donald, like his father, was an outstanding piper – he twice won the Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting. He died in 1863.

 

At the time John Ban composed this tune, he was suffering from cancer and died early the next year. Despite the severe pain of his final illness, he endured long enough to complete his composition. John Ban never wrote down the notes of the tune but he did teach it to his nephew Ronald who later transcribed it and preserved it for posterity.

 

Many years passed before the tune was recognized as a worthy piobaireachd.

 

It makes one wonder how many fine piobaireachd were lost because there was not someone to notate them before they achieved a degree of popularity.

 

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