From a bagpiper's perspective,the "phrasing" is very much part of the tune.
Accents and rhythms are created by dotting and cutting eighth notes to
induce a pulse - strong,weak,medium,weak - weak,strong,weak,strong - etc.
as desired or written in the score. Without this pulse, a strathspey, written in common time, would be reduced to a 4/4 march of sorts, and lose its
identity with the dance of the same name. As with fiddlers, pipers have the
freedom to "arrange" their music, but still this "dot - cut" flavor of the
strathspey must be retained. I am sure that most fiddlers would agree. I hope this helps a little...
Ken Eller, piper with the 78th Fraser Highlanders, Toronto, Canada...
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