Macedonian Oro reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Macedonian Oro
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
M:7/8
|:ABB Bz Bc|d{A}c2 BA AB|^G2 F Fz Fz|E2 B, Ez Ez:|
|:DED ({D}F)z ({D}F)z|FED ^GA AB|^G2 F Fz Fz|E2 B, Ez Ez:|
|:({E}B4)-B3- |B4-B3 |A4-A3- |A3-A2 ({A}B)c|
dd/d/c BA AB|^G2 F Fz ^Gz|^G2 F Fz Fz|E2 B, Ez Ez:|
|:^G2 F Fz Fz|^G2 F Fz ^GA|^G2 F Fz Fz|E2 B, Ez Ez:|
2
X: 2
T: Macedonian Oro
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:eff fz fg|a{e}g2 fe ef|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:ABA ({A}c)z ({A}c)z|cBA ^de ef|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:({B}f4)-f3- |f4-f3 |e4-e3- |e3-e2 ({e}f)g|
aa/a/g fe ef|^d2 c cz ^dz|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:^d2 c cz cz|^d2 c cz ^de|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|

Ten comments

The other Macedonian Oro

This is the second tune described as Macedonian Oro on Flook’s Flatfish cd. I wasn’t going to post it (it not being very celtic sounding), but people showed an interest in the first Macedonion Oro tune, so I thought I would share it after all.

Despite the information in the headers, the tune is in 7/8 and is in E Phrygian Dominant, or E Hijaz. (This is the 5th mode of the harmonic minor scale - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phrygian_dominant_scale).

I can’t think of any whistle that it will work on, but Flook make it sound really cool with just 2 flutes (with guitar coming in second time through).

Enjoy πŸ™‚

wick - I mucked up the ABC again! The F# in the first bar of the bottom line should be an F natural. And the grace notes should be slurred onto the following notes (obviously).

This is the way I’ve understood Hijaz or Freygish or Ahva Raba as the mode is called in Klezmer . The mode is based on Phrygian or the Third note of the major scale but with a Major rather than a Minor third.

Hijaz has slight variations in Arab and Turkish. A quater tone either way on a couple of notes. The Greeks and Klezmer use the mode based on the tempered scale.

I like the tune by the way

Ah - Someone who knows stuff (that they didn’t learn out of Wikipedia)! I bow to your superior knowledge of unusual modes, sir…

Glad you like the tune πŸ™‚

Uilleann Pipes play:

K:Emin
|:eff fz fg|a{e}g2 fe ef|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:ABA ({A}c)z ({A}c)z|cBA ^de ef|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:({B}f4)-f3- |f4-f3 |e4-e3- |e3-e2 ({e}f)g|
aa/a/g fe ef|^d2 c cz ^dz|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|
|:^d2 c cz cz|^d2 c cz ^de|^d2 c cz cz|B2 F Bz Bz:|

it’s in B phrygian then, isn’t it?
Or play it on a G whistle….

Yup that looks ok, swisspiper. Transposed like that, it’s in B phrygian dominant (because of the D#).

You could play that version on a G whistle, although I don’t find D# to be a particularly easy note to get on whistle.

one can do anything with practice!
(I mean this as an encouragement, that is: Nothing that seems impossible is impossible! with a bit of time and regular practice difficulty dissipates as by magic!)

How did this tune reached the west? Perhaps through Breton Master fluter Jean-Michel Veillon? His ‘no fuss’, sensitive version is well worth checking out!

There’s a VERY short video of the last tune, Thomas McIlvigue’s, on youtube, and Brian is playing a flute in F. So, if this tune is recorded in Aminor, that means he’s playing in F#minor.