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RED PIPER, THE. AKA - "Digan y Pibydd Coch," "Erddigun y Pibydd Coch," "Shepherd's Advance (The)." Welsh, Air (3/4 time). C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The melody was first published in Edward Jones' Music and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784) as "Digan y Pibydd Coch" (The Red Piper's Melody). Walker (1924) calls the melody “an inspiration of really great power.” Frank Kidson & Martin Shaw printed the air as the vehicle for the song "The Shepherd's Advance" in their Songs of Britain (1913). Franz Joseph Haydn set the song for George Thomson's A Select Collection of Original Welsh Airs Adapted for the Voice (1817), beginning "Where is my Owen, where is my true Love," for voice, violin, cello and keyboard (Hob. 31b/34).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Jones (Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards), 1784; p. 156. Walker (History of Music in England), 1924; No. 115, p. 326.

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