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Bagpipe Fantasy

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Katsumi Nakamura

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Publisher: Manuscript
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Program Notes

Bagpipe Fantasy was commissioned by clarinetist (and piper) Masashi Togame. Since then, the song has had numerous performances. Melodies excerpted in this work include Highland Cathedral and Scotland the Brave, both considered unofficial national anthems of Scotland, and favorite tunes for the pipes.

Bagpipes have a significant martial history. Pipers were lined up in front of foot soldiers to intimidate the enemy with a piercing sound. However, they could also bear the brunt of an attack. The pipes were designed to play as loudly (from a distance) as possible for that reason. In the three parts of this work, motives for “Introduction”, “Fanfare”, and “Saxophone Ensemble” are drawn from Highland Cathedral. Performance calls for piper and drummer to walk around the audience to present an easily memorized duet.

- Program Note from Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra concert program, 17 December 2016

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