|Clan Davidson Virtual Pipe
The Boar's Head in the Sun
Composed by Lindsay Davidson, 1999
About the tune
This tune was composed following a trip to Australia. The Boar's Head is the name of a mountainous outcrop in New South Wales. Whilst there, the composer had the idea for this tune. It is for two groups of pipers more or less evenly balanced. Each piper should choose which line they will play - everyone has the same at the beginning and then choose the bottom or top line.
The idea behind this tune is to represent the raw power and brutality of nature, as can be imagined from what the Boar's Head looked liked from across the lake. It depends upon the big noise made by pipes in harmony playing open fifths (A and E together). It is NOT intended to be played with one voice or the other, but only with both voices together. Anything else will give a false impression of the idea. It is a purely ensemble composition.
The materials are arranged here to help prepare performance, rather than learn how to play. The second voice is slightly quieter than the top voice.
As this tune is prepared purely for performance and not for developing technique thre are no particular tips and te materials below are only at normal tempo.
The music for each voice is shown independently on each video, slightly bigger than in the score above.
Videos to play along with
High pitch both voices
High pitch top voice
High pitch bottom voice
Low pitch both voices
Low pitch top voice
Low pitch bottom voice
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