Forest-in-Teesdale is the name of the parish upstream of the High Force waterfall on the River Tees in the English North Pennines, ‘forest’ here being an old term for uncultivated land, not necessarily wooded. Trees are actually pretty scanty up here, where the landscape and sub-arctic climate seem to be of Iceland more than of England. I composed this tune after a short stay there which I embarked on because the forecast was for fine and dry. Teesdale’s weather is quite autonomous, and I got a long weekend of bone-chilling precipitation (this was in June or July…). Upper Teesdale is actually a beautiful, wild and evocative place, and its rigours have made it thus.
X: 1 of the submitted settings is my own, as composed by myself.
X: 2 is the setting as recorded by Martin Matthews on his album Wall to Wall… Lindisfarne to Walltown, which is in the Recordings base here. This setting (on Track 5 of the forenamed album) was used by the piper Paul Martin, who was playing it in G on a bagpipe that could not go below this note; this necessitated some alteration of the lower end of the tune.
I have commented above on this setting.
Setting with better page layout.
Nice work, moulouf. You made me realise I had put in surplus headers, which I have removed. Accordingly, all the midis are now playable! Settings X: 2 and X: 3 are identical - those as played by Paul Martin (see my comments above).