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Sheet Music: The Atholl Highlanders

TitleThe Atholl Highlanders
Alternate titlesThe Duke Of Athole's March
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
RangeG♮4–A5
Time signature6/8
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-03-25
Last updated2011-03-25
CategoriesCeltic Music, Jigs, Marches, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 25 March 2011

Tune of the Day: The Atholl Highlanders

Traditional Scottish march

This 6/8-time march, sometimes described as a Scottish warpipes melody, is dedicated to the private army of the Duke of Atholl, the last private army still legally existing in the British Isles. As noted by George Emmerson in his book Rantin' Pipe and Tremblin' String, this tune contains a characteristic melodic cliché in Scottish music in which a figure is followed by the same or a related figure on the triad one tone below or above.