This is my fist at the famous piping descriptive piece The Fox Chase. It's based on one of Seamus Ennis' renditions.
It's said to have been composed by the Tipperary piper Edward Keating Hyland (1780-1845). The piece came to be a standard by which pipers were judged, and it has been a solid fixture of the instrument's repertoire and lore since it's composition.
There are eleven main 'bits' to what I play here:
1. The Fox hunters Jig.
2. An Maidrín Rua.
3. A recurring melodic bridge.
4. A section of rolls representing the gallop.
5. A section representing the horns.
6. A repeat of the melodic bridge.
7. Another gallop/'chase' motif.
8. A section based on staccato double back Ds and the 'bark' of high G.
9. The cry of the fox and final chase.
10. The Lament for the fox.
11. The Fox hunter's Hop Jig.
An interesting alternative version (which shares some of the main features of this) appears in O'Farrell's Pocket Companion (circa 1805)... maybe I'll look at that setting some time.
There's a bit of invasive foot stomping on this recording I'm afraid... I blame it on the horses.
Thank you once again for your largesse. A wonderful piece with soulful playing which only makes me wonder once again. When will you put out a pipes CD?