“Captain Norman Orr-Ewing” ~ march, by Pipe Major William Ross
This transcription is from the playing of "The Shepherds", Willy Taylor on fiddle, Joe Hutton on Northumbrian Smallpipes and Will Atkinson on mouth organ/harmonica… I keep saying it, but I love their music, all together or one at a time… I have checked there take on it against other sources and they are pretty much in agreement. Another transcription can be found here, with chords:
"The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands: Ceol na Fidhle"
Volume 3 or the combined volumes 3 & 4
Compiled and arranged by Christine Martin
Published by Taigh na Teud
"Pipe Major W. Ross’s Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Volume 1"
& other highland bagpipe collections as well…
“Captain Norman Orr-Ewing” ~ composed in 1912 by Pipe Major William Ross
~ of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in honour or Captain Norman Orr-Ewing… The tune can also to be found here:
"The Northumbrian Piper’s Pocket - Green Book:
a Collection of tunes for Northumbrian small pipes and other melody instruments"
4/4 v 2/4 ~ a matter of preference
I have chosen as I have previously to notate this duple march in 4/4 instead of the usual 2/4. I prefer the openness of the transcription and am not fond of 1/32nd notes, finding many of the early transcriptions of marches to be too black, too dense, though this one isn’t so bad in 2/4. The other sources I went to for comparison do have it in 2/4, so, for those that prefer it that way, here it is ~
T: Captain Norman Orr-Ewing
|: f/>e/ |
df AB/c/ | d2 Ag | f>e df | fe ef/e/ |
df AB/c/ | d2 Ag | f2 e>f | d2 d :|
|: g |
a>f da | fa de/f/ | g>e ce |
[1 Be Af/g/ | a>f da | fa dg | f2 ef | d2 d :|
[2 Be Af/e/ | df AB/c/ | d2 Ag | f2 e>f | d2 d ||
|: f/e/ |
dA BG/B/ | A2 d>B | A>B df | fe ef/e/ |
dA BG | A2 dg | f2 e>f | d3 d :|
|: f/<g/ |
fa fd | A2 d>B | A>B df |
[1 fe eg | f<a fd | A2 dg | f2 e>f | d2 d :|
[2 fe ef/e/ | df AB/c/ | d2 Ag | f2 e>f | d2 d ||
One transcription checked had the final D-part (4th) without repeat, or:
K: D Major
fa fd | A2 d>B | A>B df | fe eg |
fa fd | A2 d>g | f2 e>f | d2 d || ~ ?
Nice bit of research, ‘c’!