The Balmoral Highlanders march

By Angus MacKay

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

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Balmoral Highlanders has been added to 1 tune set.

The Balmoral Highlanders has been added to 39 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
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:|
2
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]||
3
X: 3
T: The Balmoral Highlanders
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: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|
[1A>e c<e A>e c<e|e>Af>A e2d>c|B<dG>B g>fe>d|{d}c2A2 A<A:|
[2A>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:|
4
X: 4
T: The Balmoral Highlanders
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|A>B|:c2 ec ~d2 fd|ez a2 ^gfed|c2 ec A2 (3ABc|d2B2G2 AB|
c>d (3edc d>a (3fed|e2 a2 ^gfed|ceAc dBGB|1 A2 AA A2 AB:|2 A2 AA A2 fg|
|:abag efge|~g2 fg e2 ae|(3gfe (3def e2 (3ABc|d2 B2 G2 fg|
ag (3fga gf (3efg|fe (3def e2 AB|cdec dBGB|1 A2 AA A2 fg:|2 A2 AA A2 ec|
|:A2 ~A2 A2 ~A2|eAfA e2{fe}>d2|G2 ~G2 G2 dB|GABc dz ec|
A2 ~A2 A2 ~Ac|eAfA e2{fe}>d2|BAGB dged|c2 (3BcB A2 ed:|
|:cea2 cea2|ce a>g e2{fe}>d2|B2g2 G2g2|B2g2 agfg|
e2 af (3gfe af|(3gfe (3fed e2 AB|cdec dBGB|A2 ~A2 A4:|
# Added by Rover .

Eighteen 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:|

The Balmoral Highlanders, X:3

I wanted to hear the additional parts, so here it is. To my ears parts 3 and 4 are the most fun.
Feel free to fix the ABC if you can. It’s beyond my skill.

Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

Good of Jeremy to edit the four part setting to make sense - saves me having to post a fourth setting.

The only issue I have is with the B quavers in the third bar of the second part: |BBg2 BBg2|. In the Scots Guards this is given as |{gBG}B2{gf}g2 {BG}B2{gf}g2| so perhaps |B<Bg2 B<Bg2|, as in the second setting gives a better representation of this.

The Balmoral Highlanders, X:4

This is an attempt to transcribe a very basic setting of the tune as played as a flute solo by John Wynne as the first part of track 11 of the CD ‘John Wynne and John McEvoy – Pride of the West’: The Balmoral Highlander / The Thistle & Shamrock (5.27) March/Highland/Reel. The following ‘The Thistle & Shamrock’ starts as a fiddle solo by John McEvoy.

I can’t help thinking this setting should maybe listed on thesession as a different tune to those already here, as the only resemblance to the three settings already posted here (tunes/8121) is in its fourth part.

An explanation is provide by John Wynne in the CD booklet:
“John Wynne was given this tune by his wife Orla McAtavie, from Ballybay, Co Monaghan. The tune is Scottish in origin and is called a march rather than highland. It comes from the playing of Donegal’s John Doherty, who mixed two tunes together: James Scott Skinner’s’ ‘The Queen’s Welcome To Inverclaud’, and ‘Angus McKay’s’ to create ‘The Balmoral Highlanders’. Maurice Bradley, from Co. Derry, recently recorded the tune on ‘The Fiddle Music of Donegal, Volume 2’.”

So it would be interesting to see settings for ‘The Queen’s Welcome To Inverclaud’ or to hear both the John Doherty and Maurice Bradley settings, but there are no settings here for the former, and no obvious way to source recordings of the latter. But if someone can track these down they might be able to determine whether these tunes should be listed separately, or just post ‘The Queen’s Welcome To Inverclaud’ separately anyway.

Anyway setting number 4 here makes no attempt to add all the ornamentation and variation that John puts in to his playing throughout, as usual, but it’s well worth getting the CD to hear it, and the other great tracks there.

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Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

“Invercauld”.

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Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

Oops, thanks/sorry, but Inverclaud was how the CD booklet spelt it. As ever, blame the proofreader!

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Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

Sorry, Rover, but there is so much wrong with your transcription. Have you listened back to it, by any chance?

In the first part, your Start Repeat should be after the two pick up notes to fit in with the first and second time endings, except that your End Repeat is at the end of the second time ending rather than the first time ending
(which makes it play both endings one after the other) and both your endings are an eighth note (quaver) short two so that they are effectively bars of 7/8.

The same goes for the second part, except that your second time ending is only worth 3/4. Oh, and there’s a bar line missing at the end of there fourth bar.

In the third part the first bar is missing a beat (quarter note/crotchet) and the second and sixth bars play as 7/8, missing half a beat (eighth note/quaver).

Not sure what to make of the fourth part. Bar lengths, in quarter notes/crotchets, are: 4-3-2-3-5-3-4-4.

I haven’t heard the source recording but I find it hard to believe that this is what John Wynne played (even basically).

Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

Ok, thanks, I take your word for it, no John Wynne wouldn’t have played that. Will see if I can edit it asap.

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Re: The Balmoral Highlanders

Er, is there a guinness book of records category I could have in for that one? Hope it’s right now. Thanks for pointing all that out.

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