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1A form of music for the Scottish bagpipes involving elaborate variations on a theme, typically of a martial or funerary character.‘the Great Music, or pibroch, can be a mystery to pipers of even reasonable competence’
- ‘He complained that pipers had lost the strong sense of rhythm and form which characterized the true pibroch style, and he published a number of well known tunes in settings which purported to give the true timings as originally played.’
- ‘He travelled to 40 different countries in search of Ceol Mor ‘the Great Music,’ the obscure, expressive, less formally rigid art of piobaireachd - also pronounced ‘pibroch.’’
- ‘The traditional music expert presents a programme in which he rediscovers what he maintains is the real ‘pibroch’ (Highland piping tradition).’
- 1.1count noun A piece of pibroch music.‘the mournful majesty of his father pacing the floor and playing a pibroch’
- ‘Somewhere in the far distance the pipes played a pibroch, a lament for the day's dead that felt like it came from the wind itself, and the drone was echoed by groans and shrieks from deep in the mist.’
- ‘I passed out of the library and as I did, I thought I heard from the other side of Arthur's Seat a lone piper playing a pibroch.’
- ‘Her Majesty's piper, Mackay, had orders to play a pibroch under her windows every morning at seven o'clock.’
- ‘When our piper played a pibroch, the music of the waves drowned or softened down the harsh sound of the bagpipe, which discoursed most excellent music.’
- ‘The Emperor desired him to play "a lament," and Donald having tilled his bag, played a pibroch of most melancholy strain.’
Early 18th century: from Scottish Gaelic piobaireachd ‘art of piping’, from piobair ‘piper’, from piob, from English pipe.
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