The Balmoral Highlanders march

Also known as Balmoral Highlander, The Balmoral Highlander, Balmoral Highlanders March, The Balmoral Highlanders March, The Balmoral Highlanders’ March.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Balmoral Highlanders has been added to 1 tune set.

The Balmoral Highlanders has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Balmoral Highlanders
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e2|A>e c<e A>e c<e|e>Af>A e2d>B|G>d B<d G>d B<d|G>AB>c d>Be>c|
A>e c<e A>e c<e|e>Af>A e2d>c|B<dG>B g>fe>d|c2A2 A<A:|
e2|c<ea2 c<ea2|c<ea>f e2d>c|BBg2 BBg2|BBg2 a>gf>d|
c<ea2 g>ea2|g>ef>d e2d>c|B<dG>B g>fe>d|c2A2 A<A:|
X: 2
T: The Balmoral Highlanders
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ec|Aece Aece|eAfA {f}e2dB|GdBd GdBd|GABc dBec|
Aece Aece|eAfA {f}e2dB|BdGB gfed|{d}[c2E2][A2E2][A2E2C2]||
ed|ce{g}a2 ce{g}a2|ce{g}af {f}e2dc|B<Bg2 B<Bg2|B<Bg2 agfd|
eeaf geaf|gefd eacA|BdGB gfed|{d}c2A2[A2E2]||

Nine comments

Composed by Angus MacKay

Forgot to include the composer in initial note — the composer was Angus MacKay. A scan of sheet music of James Scott Skinner’s setting is here:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/scottskinner/display.php?ID=JSS0638

The ABC:
X:1
T:Balmoral Highlanders, The
R:Pipe March
C:Angus MacKay
M:2/4
L:1/16
K:Amix
ec|Aece Aece|eAfA {f}e2dB|GdBd GdBd|GABc dBec|
Aece Aece|eAfA {f}e2dB|BdGB gfed|{d}[c2E2][A2E2][A2E2C2]||
ed|ce{g}a2 ce{g}a2|ce{g}af {f}e2dc|B<Bg2 B<Bg2|B<Bg2 agfd|
eeaf geaf|gefd eacA|BdGB gfed|{d}c2A2[A2E2]||

This is not a Strathspey

This is a 2/4 march not a strathspey. It is not half the tune when played as a strathspey.

Re: This is not a strathspey

Agreed, it is a march — but in order to get a 2/4 time signature on the site, I would need to cite it as a "polka", which would seriously change the feel… :) That said, would folks prefer me to change it? I can change the abc, and I think the tune type can change as well.

Thanks!

4/4 ~ !!!

4/4 does it better justice, as is generally the case with many of these marches. The ‘old’ way was to transcribe them as 2/4, which ends up with a transcription that really doesn’t do the tunes justice and which is very, very dense with black ink, and not really as easy to read as 4/4… Now all old ways are necessarily good ways… ;-)

Minus the ‘w’ ~ Not all old ways are necessarily good ways…

4/4

I’m keeping it in 4/4 for the time being, but changed it from a strathspey to a barndance (thanks for the suggestion, C!) to differentiate from the implied playing accent of a strathspey. Alternate titles have been added for all the variations I could find on the site at the moment…thanks!

Another 4 Parts!

This is an awesome pipe march- usually thought of (and originally written as) a 2/4 - there are actually 6 parts in the original tune- might try to dig it out!

Here’s the ABC file to Richard Robinson’s version, from the link I posted up above — it has the multipart bits.

X:51
T:the Balmoral Highlanders
M:2/4
L:1/16
O:Scotland
R:Pipe march
Z:Richard Robinson <URL:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/contact.html>
%%FILEURL: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/RRtunes/RRtunes.abc
%%TUNEURL: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/Info/RRTuneBk/gettune/00000afe.html
%%ID:00000afe
K:A mixolydian
e|\
A>e c<e A>e c<e|e>Af>A e2d>B|\
G>d B<d G>d B<d|G>AB>c d>Be>c|1\
A>e c<e A>e c<e|e>Af>A e2d>c|\
B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A :|2\
A>e c<e A>ec>d|e>Af>A e2d>c|\
B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A::\
e2|\
c<e{g}a2 c<e{g}a2|c<e{g}a>f e2d>c|\
BBg2 BBg2|BBg2 a>gf>d|\
c<e{g}a2 g>e{g}a2|g>ef>d e2d>c|\
B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A::\
e2|\
A>AA>c A>AA>c|A>AA>c e2d>B|\
G>GG>B G>GG>B|G>GG>B d>Be>c|\
A>AA<d c<eA>c|e>Af>A e2d>c|\
B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A::\
e>d|\
c<ea>e g>ea>e|c<ea>g f>ed>c|\
B<Bg>B a>Bg2|B<Bg2 a>gf>d|\
c<ea2 g<ea2|g>ef>d e2d>c|\
B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A:|