Sheet Music: Black Donald the Piper

TitleBlack Donald the Piper
Alternate titlesPibroch of Donald Dhu
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2023-11-12
Last updated2023-11-12
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Sunday 12 November 2023

Tune of the Day: Black Donald the Piper

Traditional Scottish jig

This jig is taken from Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. The tune is probably Scottish in origin, as the title clearly refers to the early-16th-century Scottish nobleman Black Donald (Domhnall Dubh in Gaelic), chief of Clan Donald and claimant to the Lordship of the Isles. He was captured by the Earl of Argyll while still a child and imprisoned in Innischonnel Castle in Loch Awe, where he remained in captivity for 37 years.