I arranged Amazing Grace for band and bagpipes...

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by brownrob, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. brownrob

    brownrob Member


    Well I am pleased enough with it as its the 3rd piece Ive ever written after a simple junior band march and another one but this has 5 verses and clocks in at over 4 mins... you will be pleased to know the bagpipes are in the last verse only :)

    1. Solo Euph with gentle cornet chords
    2. Traditional Red Hymnbook style verse
    3. More thoughtful verse with cornet solo and countermelodies
    4. Key Change, bass end take melody for a while and cornets play a fanfare
    5. Another keychange after a short interlude and then the sop gets a death sentence along with the euph and bari :)

    I wanted to try a few things and I think Im starting to develop a little but hopefully by the time Ive written 30 Ill be much better ;)

    The scorch file is here

    Would anyone be interested in it?
  2. Geraint_MD

    Geraint_MD New Member

    Hi Mate i would be intrested just listened online and really enjoyed it

    Could you post me a copy of score and full parts By any chance
    So my band can try it please


    Geraint - MD Thornbury Castle Band
  3. Frontman

    Frontman Member

    If you can e-mail me the Sibelius file, I will use this arrangement at Christmas.
  4. rosolino

    rosolino Member

    Sounds good. Did you research the only keys that bagpipes can play in?
  5. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    You should send it to the international tattoo committee - you never know. I could provide a contact if you wanted.
  6. brownrob

    brownrob Member

    According to the piper who I work with in school, the pipes sound a semitone higher than written, yet they have no sharps or flats, and only 9 notes, from their G - A which is a little confusing to get your head round. The drones are an octave Bb allegedly!

    This is for Great Highland pipes, there are also brian boru pipes played here but they are a different kettle of fish!

    Thanks for the interest so far, for those here and the guys who PM'ed me, there seems to be a good interest in the piece! Having seen some of the remarks made in jest regarding bagpipes in other topics I was well prepared for a bit of pipe bashing here :)

    Its currently with Marc at emusic-online.com so hope to get it published soon :)
  7. brownrob

    brownrob Member

  8. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    Rob...Well done. The pipes sound very confusing to write for!

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