OT: 21 April 1923 – Unsigned “A Royal Wedding March” [York]



The Oban Times,  21 April, 1923

A Royal Wedding March

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York have been pleased to accept an original pipe tune entitled: “Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York’s Wedding March” and the Earl of Strathmore is to send the tune to Glamis Castle, so that the pipers there may play it on their Royal Highnesses arrival at Glamis on their honeymoon. The composer is Pipe Major John Grant, 27 Comely Bank Street, Edinburgh, Highland Society of London’s medalist, the well-known composer of piobaireachd, and author of several works in (sic) pipe music. The tune is a masterpiece in the art of March composition, with a fine swaying and regular flow of rhythmical harmony, and their Royal highnesses think that it is a “charming setting,” which does honour to the composer, and proves that he is not only a talented piobaireachd composer, but also a March composer of a very high order.The tune was presented in beautifully illuminated Celtic design and colours, with appropriate Highland and Scottish sketches inset in four spaces in the out-line surrounding the music.

The march is considered to be a very valuable addition to pipe music, and the author is to be congratulated upon his success in the composition of the tune, and the honour of its being placed among the many Royal wedding gifts.

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