Annotation:King George V's Army

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KING GEORGE V's ARMY. AKA and see "Kitchener's Army (1)." Scottish, March (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. Composed by Pipe Major George S. McLennan [1] (1884-1929) of the Gordon Highlanders, a renowned composer of pipe tunes, a skilled competitor, and a pipe-maker. The title refers to the regular British army of World War I, of which McLennan was a member. The Gordon Highlanders' pipe book explains: "Having heard [McLennan's] composition 'Kitchener's Army' which he composed in 1915 for the new volunteer army, the 'old sweats' asked him for a tune to commemorate their efforts up to that point in the war. GS was having a nap on his bunk and heard the drummers practising a beating for the tune 'East Neuk of Fife' and he composed this tune, 'King George V's Army' to suit the beating he heard."
Pipe Major G.S. McLennan

There is some confusion of titles between "Kitchener's Army" and "King George V's Army", two distinct tunes albeit both composed by McLennan. The latter tune was first published by G.S.'s father, Ian McLennan, in a small collection called The Piobaireachd (1923). See note for "annotation:Kitchener's Army (1)" for discussion.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Ian McLennan (The Piobaireachd), 1923; p. 11. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 2), 1988; p. 9.

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