In December I wrote about the dearth of Christmas tunes composed specifically for the bagpipe. I came upon this (slightly wierd) antique Easter postcard – see below – and was struck by a similar thought. Easter is the highest of Christian holidays and [Great Highland] pipers have traditionally been overwhelmingly Christian. Where are our joyous Easter tunes? Is there an Easter tune made for the Great Highland Bagpipe?
For example, some of my most memorable piping times have happened at Easter – at the Vancouver Indoor Meet, mainly – and yet, even considering a great piping meeting like the Vancouver Indoor, now in place over 75 years, I don’t know of even one tune that commemorates that venerable Easter gathering.
We pipers and our tunes compositions: it’s all about people, places, battles. Religion? Not so much.
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