One day I was bored so I decided to search things on this site.
One of those things was "Mallorca", which is the island where I live. I found that the piper Billy Pigg recorded a tune called Mallorca in his album The Border Minstrel but it wasn’t here.
I was curious so I decided to request the tune. Lurcherjohn and Laitch found this jig and sent it to me. (Thank you)
They found it here: http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/ndx/MA.html
I don’t know if this is the same tune that Billy Pigg recorded,
I don’t know who composed it. All I know is what the ABC says on that website:
% Nottingham Music Database
S:Duke of Windsor, via EF
I would say that’s rather apipe march than a real jig
It is normally played on the slow side as a waltz.
Slow air for highland pipes. Written by King Edward VIII !
I think he wrote this after he abdicated, so technically it was written by the late Duke of Windsor. iI used to be played a bit by Northunbrian pipers twenty years ago but i haven’t heard it recently. It was always played as a waltz rather than a jig and was a bit twee.
According to the late Michael Raven, Ed had it adapted for the pipes in 1934. At that time he was Prince of Wales. According to Wikipedia (which is never wrong) Ed was King from 20 January to 11 December 1936, when he abdicated.
Raven published the sheet music for a guitar arrangement in his book "A Minstrel’s Delight" and recorded it on the CD "Flowers of Picardi" which he made with Joan Mills. I’m not sure if that book is still in print - you can contact the publisher via his website www.michaelraven.co.uk.
In the sleeve notes, Raven wrote "A musical curiosity. This tune was composed by the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII. It was arranged for the guitar, probably at the Duke’s request, by Bartolome Calatayed of Palma. I have adapted his arrangement. It was also arranged for the Highland bagpipes by the King’s Piper in 1934."
Lovely tune, anyhow.
Apologies, Michael Raven’s music books are available from http://michaelravenpublications.com. The website I mentioned in my previous post sells his CDs.