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The Piano film music
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The music for this film is similar to "Gloomy Winter" (Sung often and
well by Dougie MacLean) by Robert Tannahill (see [11.14]). Also sung by
Chantan on their album "Primary Colours" on Culburnie records.
An addition to the above - although the tune Gloomy Winter is very similar,
the stresses are slightly different. There appears however, to be an old
Gaelic song which matches The Piano theme music almost identically. This
Gaelic song is sung by the group "ho-ro-gheallaidh" who won the Gaelic rock
competition at the 1997 National Mod. The tune, with some of the lyrics in
Gaelic and English appear on P208 of the Purser book mentioned in [4.21].
The tune is by Alexander Campbell (born 1764) and this was the tune to
which Robert Tannahill wrote the lyrics "Gloomy winter's now awa'". The
first name of the tune is "Lord Balgonie's favourite" (later renamed to
"Come my bride, haste haste away" and Campbell describes it as "A very
old Highland tune". The song appeared in print on P67 of Albyn's anthology
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