Most musicians have music that is associated with them, either through performance or composition. For the pianist Glenn Gould, for instance, itâ€™s his interpretation of Bach’s “The Goldberg Variations“.
For legendary Scottish piper, Willie Ross (1878-1966), itâ€™s the march, strathspey and reel set: “Bonnie Anne’, “Balmoral Castle” and “The Grey Bob” [random: I’ve an Uncle Robert].
Willie is said to have told the well-known piping enthusiast, Major-General Frank Richardson, that he had won more prizes with the two-parted strathspey, “Balmoral Castle” than with any other.
I’d have to think he played it “twice-through” – at least.
That wouldn’t fly today in a strathspey and reel contest, by the way. Not recommended.
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