Julie Giroux: Culloden - Movement III
Culloden - Movement III
This movement is a conversation amongst some men in hiding a few days after Culloden, with topics ranging from "Why were the MacPhearsons late?" to "Where will I go now?" It is a human recounting of the whole rising of
"45" told by the men who witnessed it. I tried to incorporate tunes appropriate to their subjects: Prince Charles, food the lack thereof, whiskey a necessity, Clan Battle Calls, patriotic songs, marriage songs (for
many of them married all during the campaign), bawdy sex songs, even a pipe jig that Prince Charles supposedly parlor-danced to two days prior to the battle of Culloden. There is Johnny Cope, a tune commemorating their
victory at Prestopans earlier in the uprising (which is still used today as reveille in the Scottish Pipe Regiments) and Killie Crankie, a 350-year-old to date battle victory call-to-arms as well as some good
old-fashioned spousal discording, kilt-swirling and whiskey-drinking pipe reels!
The finale ends on a positive note, since the Scots always seem to land on their feet in mid-stride, confirming their honor, heritage and steadfastness in the single sentence: "I dont know where I am to go now, but I do know, wherever I go, Scotland goes with me!"
Cullodens three movements (the first two are available separately) may be performed singly, in pairs (I & II, II & III) or as the complete set. Additional historical information is at the end of the score.