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.