• Judith Weir
  • The Bagpiper's String Trio (1985)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)
  • vn.va.vc
  • 9 min

Programme Note

This piece is a string trio version of Sketches from a Bagpiper's Album (1984) for clarinet and piano. The three movements Salute: Nocturne: (in this case a fast, nervous march), and Lament form a very short instrumental opera based on the life of James Reid, a bagpiper in Prince Jacobite army, who was captured by the English in 1746 and executed after a judge had classified the bagpipes as a weapon. the melodies were built out of the basic intervals of Scottish pipe tune and in the original version the pieces each use a distinct part of the clarinet's register, with the piano serving to reinforce and modulate the melody. In this trio the effect has been preserved by "featuring" a different instrument in each movement with the other two acting as accompanist.

Sketches from a Bagpiper's Album was first performed by the string players of Domus, in Cambridge in 1985.

© Judith Weir


The Bagpiper's String Trio: I. Salute
The Bagpiper's String Trio: II. Nocturne
The Bagpiper's String Trio: III. Lament, over the sea


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