Sheet Music: The Piper's Whim

TitleThe Piper's Whim
Alternate titlesThe Piper's Maggot
The Piper's Fancy
Dunreavy Park
Here's Good Health to the Piper
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeF#4–B5
Time signature9/8
Tempo104 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2017-08-10
Last updated2017-08-10
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 10.1 (extremely popular)
Categories
Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 10 August 2017

Tune of the Day: The Piper's Whim

Traditional Scottish slip jig

Both John Glen (1891) and Francis O'Neill (1922) find the earliest appearance of this tune in print in Scottish music publisher Robert Bremner's 1757 Collection of Scots Reels and Country Dances, under the title “The Piper's Maggot”. However, a printing by London publisher John Johnson (A Choice Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 3, 1744) predates Bremner by 13 years, so the tune might actually be of English provenance. What is certain is that this old slip jig has had wide and long currency throughout Great Britain and Ireland.