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pastorpest What is a pibroch (42) RE: What is a pibroch 29 Feb 00

Clinton's answer is a good one!

A "pibroch" is a theme with a set of variations, usually martial, but also including dirges for the bagpipes. The fourth stanza of Lochnagarr, lyric by Lord Byron who was Scot on his mother's side, reads:

Ill-starr'd though brave, did no visions foreboding/ Tell you that fate had forsaken your cause?/ Ah, were you destined to die at Culloden,/ Victory crown'd not your fall with applause:/ Still were you happy in death's early slumber,/ You rest with your clan in the caves of Braemar; /The pibroch resounds to the piper's loud number,/ Your deeds on the echoes of dark Lochnaggar.

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