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Thread #19973   Message #2857934
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
06-Mar-10 - 07:12 PM
Thread Name: What does 'dueling' instruments mean?
Subject: RE: What does 'dueling' instruments mean?
I'm quite surprised that this thread has gone so long without mention of what was probably the original duelling instrument.

As far back as the time of Bonny Prince Charlie (the reign of Charles I), duelling between pipers was common in Scotland, and the best pipers were famous the length and breadth of Scotland.

It took the same form, one piper playing an air, and the second then improvising, and expanding, and iit would pass back and forth until one was unable to continue.

I'm not sure that it isn't still going on to this day. Perhaps one of our Caledonian members mught know?

Don T.