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The Little Cascade

The reel, The Little Cascade was composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan. Legend has it that he composed the tune while been held as a prisoner of war in Germany during WW1. He apparently composed the tune while unable to sleep because of a dripping tap.

Lesson Pointers

With this tune I suggest that you relax on the shorter notes without over-pointing, that is why reels are written most likely in 2/2 or ยข time. In other words have good clarity of execution, and avoid treating the pointing like a 2/4 March.

There are some slightly different ways of playing some of the parts, especially the fourth part i.e. absolutely dead round nearly all the way, or have a subtle shortening of the first note in first beat of each bar first three bars followed by the roundness as I do. I have it on good authority from my friend and fine piper Willie Cruickshank son of Pipe Major George Cruickshank ex Gordon Highlanders a contemporary and friend of the composer. I feel that the grace note on these second notes of these groupings indicates certain feeling on that second note. The choice is up to the performer.

A tempo of about 72-84 beats per minute recommended.

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