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Gille Calum
ID JSS0344
Title Gille Calum
Document Reference f 7848 McDo K
Format 251 x 350 mm
Medium Printed Music sheet
Item Type Printed Collection
Subject Scottish Music, Sword Dance, Strathspey
Item Description Gille Calum or the Sword Dance is famous as the tune for a well known Highland Dance. It is normally played and danced as a form of strathspey. Here it is described as 'Strathspey and Reel'. The Sword Dance ends with one or more 'quicksteps', where the dancer goes round the swords at a faster pace. When this version was published, the speed was a lot faster than it is today, hence the 'reel' description.
Arranger Keith Norman MacDonald
Publisher Keith Norman MacDonald
Time Period 1890s
Associated Dates: Publication 1895
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name The Gesto Collection of Highland Music

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