Susan MacLeod strathspey

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Susan MacLeod
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>ed>c c<BB>A | G>AB<G B<d d2 | e>fe>d e<gg>e | d>ed>B e2 g>e |
d>ed>c c<BB>A | G>AB<G B<dd>e | g>d(3efg d>gc<g |B>gA<g G2 G2 :|
|: d2 d>e B<dd>B | G>AB>G B<dB>G | e2 e>d c<ee>f | g>d(3efg d>gB>g |
(3edB d>e B<dd>B | G>AB>G B<dB>G | g>d(3efg d>gc<g |B>gA<g G2 G2 :|
|: d>G G2 G2 B<G | B>G G2 B<dd<g | e>A A2 A2 c>B | A2 c>d e2 e<g |
d>G G2 G2 B<G | B>G G2 B<dd>e | g>d(3efg d>gc<g |B>gA<g G2 G2 :|
|: e<gg>B B<dd>B | G>AB<G B<dd>e | e<gg>c c<ee>f | g>d(3efg B<ge>d |
e<gg>B B<dd>B | G>AB<G B<dd>e | g>d(3efg d>gc<g |B>gA<g G2 G2 :|
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2
X: 2
T: Susan MacLeod
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: a>f |e>fe>d d<cc>B | A>Bc<A c<e e2 |[1 f>ga>e f<aa>f |
e>f (3edc B2 :|[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: c>a |(3eee e>f c<ee>c | A>B (3cBA c<e e2 |[1 (3fff f>e d<ff>g |
a>ef<a e<a :|[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: a>f |e>A (3AAA A>Bc<A | c<A (3AAA c<e e2 |[1 f>B (3BBB B>cd<c |
(3BBB d>e f<a :|[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: c>a |f<aa>c c<e (3eee | A>Bc<A c<e (3eee |[1 f<aa>d d<ff>g |
a>ef<a f2 :|[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 |]
3
X: 3
T: Susan MacLeod
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |d>ed>c c<BB>A | G>AB<G B<d d2 |[1 e>fe>d B<gg>e |
d>ed<B e3 :|[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: B |d>ee>d B<dd>G | G>AB>G B<dB>G |[1 e2 e>d c<ee>f |
g>de<g d3 :|[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: e |d>G (3GGG (3GGG B<G | B>G (3GGG B<dG>g |[1 e>A (3AAA (3AAA c<B |
c>A (3AAA c>d e- :|[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: d |e<gg>B B<dd>G | G>AB<G B<d d2 |[1 e<gg>c c<ee>f |
g>de<g B<ge :|[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
4
X: 4
T: Susan MacLeod
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A>BA>G G<FF>E | D>EF<D F<A A2 | B>cB>A B<dd>B | A>BA>F B2 d>B |
A>BA>G G<FF>E | D>EF<D F<A A2 | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| A2 A>B F<AA>F | D>EF>D F<AF>D | B2 B>A G<BB>c | d>A(3Bcd A>dF>d |
(3BAF A>B F<AA>F | D>EF>D F<AF>D | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| A>D D2 D2 F<D | F>D D2 F<AA<d | B>E E2 E2 G>F | E2 G>A B2 B<d |
A>D D2 D2 F<D | F>D D2 F<AA<B | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| B<dd>F F<AA>F | D>EF<D F<AA>B | B<dd>G G<BB>c | d>A(3Bcd F<dB>A |
B<dd>F F<AA>F | D>EF<D F<AA>B | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
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5
X: 5
T: Susan MacLeod
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e>f e>d ~d<c ~c>B | A>B ~c<A c<e e2 | f>g ~f>e f<a a>f | e>f ~e>c ~f2 a>f |
e>f e>d ~d<c ~c>B | A>B ~c<A c<e e>f | ~a>e f/g/a ~e>a ~d<a |~c>a ~B<a A>A A |]
c | ~e2 e>f c<e e>c | A>B ~c<A c<e ~c<A | f2 ~f>e d<f f>g | ~a>e f/g/a ~e>a ~c<a |
f/e/c e>f c<e e>c | A>B ~c<A c<e ~c<A | ~a>e f/g/a ~e>a ~d<a |~c>a ~B<a A>A A |]
f | e>A ~A2 ~A2 ~c<A | ~c<A ~A2 c<e e<a | f>B B<~B ~B2 ~d>c | ~B2 ~d>e ~f2 f<a |
e>A ~A2 ~A2 ~c<A | ~c<A ~A2 c<e e>f | ~a>e f/g/a ~e>a ~d<a |~c>a ~B<a A>A A |]
e | f<a a>c c<e e>c | A>B ~c<A c<e e>f | f<a a>d d<f f>g | ~a>e f/g/a ~c<a ~f>e |
f<a a>c c<e e>c | A>B ~c<A c<e e>f | ~a>e f/g/a ~e>a ~d<a |"^as written"y~c<a ~B<a A>A A |]
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Twelve comments

Susan McLeod

I first heard this tune on an LP when I was a young lad, and I instantly fell in love with the melody and metre of the tune. I believe it was written by Pipe Major Donald McLeod, I don’t think I have ver heard a better sounding Strathspey than this tune. I have written it in the key of G Major as this is more friendly for uilleann pipes and whistle players.

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Disagree

There’s nothing wrong with it in its’ original key - perfectly playable on whistle or flute.

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"Susan McLeod" ~ hoping that Kenny would offer up one in A

In the meantime, here’s a take in A, but taken that I am not familiar with the composers original notes for this, except that it was given birth in the key of A, but I don’t see that as a ‘limitation’ ~

X: 2
T: Susan McLeod
C: Pipe Major Donald McLeod
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey
K: A Major
|: a>f |
e>fe>d d<cc>B | A>Bc<A c<e e2 |
[1 f>ga>e f<aa>f | e>f (3edc B2 :|
[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: c>a |
(3eee e>f c<ee>c | A>B (3cBA c<e e2 |
[1 (3fff f>e d<ff>g | a>ef<a e<a :|
[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: a>f |
e>A (3AAA A>Bc<A | c<A (3AAA c<e e2 |
[1 f>B (3BBB B>cd<c | (3BBB d>e f<a :|
[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 ||
|: c>a |
f<aa>c c<e (3eee | A>Bc<A c<e (3eee |
[1 f<aa>d d<ff>g | a>ef<a f2 :|
[2 a>ef<a e>ad<a | c>aB<a A2 |]

Here is another option for all the lead-in notes and closing 2nd endings ~

|: a | ~ |[2 a2 (3fga e<ad<a | c>aB<a A3 ||

"Susan McLeod" ~ avoiding taking sides 😏

X: 3
T: Susan McLeod
C: Pipe Major Donald McLeod
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey
K: G Major
|: g |
d>ed>c c<BB>A | G>AB<G B<d d2 |
[1 e>fe>d B<gg>e | d>ed<B e3 :|
[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: B |
d>ee>d B<dd>G | G>AB>G B<dB>G |
[1 e2 e>d c<ee>f | g>de<g d3 :|
[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: e |
d>G (3GGG (3GGG B<G | B>G (3GGG B<dG>g |
[1 e>A (3AAA (3AAA c<B | c>A (3AAA c>d e- :|
[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||
|: d |
e<gg>B B<dd>G | G>AB<G B<d d2 |
[1 e<gg>c c<ee>f | g>de<g B<ge :|
[2 g>de<g d>gc<g | B>gA<g G3 ||

"Susan McLeod" ~ by Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, another take in A

"The Fiddle Music of the Scottish Highlands: Ceol na Fidhle Volumes 3 & 4"
Compiled and arranged by Christine Martin
Taigh na Teud, Isle of Skye, 2002 (Volume 3, 1988, page 26)
ISBN: 1-871931-088

Page 81: "Susan MacLeod" ~ Strathspey

"McLeod" ~ I slipped in the typing…

Part-C ~ I would actually tend to lead in with a g instead of the e ~

|: g | d>G (3GGG G>AB<G | ~

In D Major

X: 1
T: Susan McLeod
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey
K: Dmaj
|: A>BA>G G<FF>E | D>EF<D F<A A2 | B>cB>A B<dd>B | A>BA>F B2 d>B |
A>BA>G G<FF>E | D>EF<D F<A A2 | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| A2 A>B F<AA>F | D>EF>D F<AF>D | B2 B>A G<BB>c | d>A(3Bcd A>dF>d |
(3BAF A>B F<AA>F | D>EF>D F<AF>D | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| A>D D2 D2 F<D | F>D D2 F<AA<d | B>E E2 E2 G>F | E2 G>A B2 B<d |
A>D D2 D2 F<D | F>D D2 F<AA<B | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|
|:F| B<dd>F F<AA>F | D>EF<D F<AA>B | B<dd>G G<BB>c | d>A(3Bcd F<dB>A |
B<dd>F F<AA>F | D>EF<D F<AA>B | d>A(3Bcd A>dG<d |F>dE<d D2 D2 :|

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D Major

Even easier on whistle and pipes in this key.

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Susan MacLeod, X:5

This is as close to the original as I think it can be reproduced without actually adding the GHB embellishments. The ~ ornament indicates a rhythm like A<A, but actually tighter, more like A<<A or with repeated notes: A/4A/4A3/2.

There is a variant rhythm in the last two bars in the last part - this isn’t often played by pipers, who normally play as per the other parts, but it is how it was written.

On the pipes, as ever key is actually two sharps, but the Gs here are passing notes and it makes sense to play them sharp if you can.

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Re: Susan MacLeod

Although this is far and away the best transcription here, I disagree entirely with the "G"s being sharp.

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