I have a few hard copies of various tune directories. They are all out of date, though the oldest is not more than ten years old. Directories are handiest for tracking tune sources, but interesting reading, too, for getting a sense for the printed proliferation of any one particular tune. According to Iain Millington’s “The Complete Bagpipe Tune and Drum Score Index” (Montreal: Concordia University, 1992) , the strathspey “Mony Musk” is available in no fewer than 35 printed sources. Who knew? I find that impressive number interesting, especially for a tune that is not hugely popular (though, for what it’s worth, one of my favourites to play in solo competition).
For years Florida-based piper and cardiologist, Dr Robert Pekaar, has worked away at his passionate hobby of bagpipe tune source list-building. He has published five editions of his directory so it’s a safe guess piping keeners are supportive of his work.
He recently made his directory available online – and free (everyone’s favourite thing). It might be said Dr Pekaar now joins the list of people who subscribe to Yoann Le Goff’s vision of “Open Source Piping”.
I thought I’d highlight the link here and urge you to bookmark the search engine. You’ll be glad of it one day soon, I’m sure.
The work required to build such a database boggles the mind – though undoubtedly an enjoyable pursuit for the good Doctor. And for that, I am thankful – and grateful.
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