Sheet Music: The Balmoral Highlanders

TitleThe Balmoral Highlanders
ComposerAngus MacKay (1812–1859)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
RangeG#4–A5
Time signature2/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-05-24
Last updated2012-05-24
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Celtic Music, Marches, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 24 May 2012

Tune of the Day: The Balmoral Highlanders

Traditional Scottish pipe tune

This march was composed by Highland Piper Angus Mackay of Raasay, who was piper to Queen Victoria from 1843 to 1853. Mackay wrote, while still in his early twenties, a book entitled A Collection of Ancient Piobaireachd, or Highland Pipe Music, which served as a piper's bible for many decades after its appearance in 1838.

The word Balmoral is said to mean “the house of the laird”, the root being the Gaelic baile, a homestead or, later, village.