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A Living Legend

by Donald MacPherson

Classical Highland bagpipe music. “This wonderful book and CD should be in every house where music matters.” The Voice. “Superlatives fail” The Piping Times. “Truly a collector’s item.” musicscotland.com
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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1. MacCrimmon's Sweetheart
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2. The Big Spree
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3. Ronald MacDonald of Morar's Lament
11:43 $0.99
4. Lord Lovat's Lament
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5. The Blue Ribbon
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6. Mary's Praise
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7. Donald Gruamach's March
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Album Notes
“This wonderful book and CD should be in every house where music matters.” The Voice

“Superlatives fail” The Piping Times

“a landmark, elegant product for musicians everywhere” Piper & Drummer Online

“the album is already a classic” Piping Today

“Truly a collector’s item! The CD of this living legend of piping comes encased in a 168-page illustrated hardback book of CD size, with tremendous notes on the tunes, the piping style and the piper himself, in English, German, French and Spanish. Seven pibrochs are featured, composed between 1537 and 1747.” musicscotland.com

“some of the best tunes in the pibroch repertoire... There’s an understated elegance to MacPherson’s playing that is mesmerizing.” Piper & Drummer Magazine

Between 1948 and 1990, whenever Donald MacPherson stepped onto the platform a hush fell. His mastery set the benchmark of excellence in Highland bagpiping for 60 years, and this recording is without a doubt his finest.

Despite his infrequent attendance, Donald broke all records at the premier piping competitions by winning first prize on most of his visits. A precision engineer by profession, he was never a keen performer nor self-promoter and recordings of him are rare. On this disc he champions pibroch, one of Europe’s great instrumental traditions. Sophisticated and soulful, these compositions have been transmitted aurally since the seventeenth century and are considered the test of a piper’s genius.



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Chris Upton

Piobaireachd is the classical music of Scotland, unlike any other bagpipe music. It presents an exposition on a theme, then goes on to elaborate on the theme with ever more complex gracenote variations. The music does not have a regular rhythm, so the piper must not only master the technique of playing the complex embellishments, but must also be able to give life to the music through personal expression. This is a superbly performed example of this little known genre of music. Listening to it is a deeply moving experience. If you have even a passing interest in bagpipe music, get this CD. If you are familiar with Piobaireachd, it is essential. If you're not, it will open a new world for you. Either way, you're in for a treat.