Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pipes at a Spanish Funeral

My friend Eloise sent me this link this morning:


"A lone bagpiper leads the friends and family of Seve Ballesteros, who died on Saturday morning aged 54, through the golfing hero's home village of Pedrena in northern Spain."


It may be possible to embed a link from the BBC website but I'm not finding it right at the moment. It's interesting that it is a Highland piper wearing Highland dress and playing the semi-traditional Highland tunes "Battle's O'er" and "Green Hills of Tyrol". (The theme from "Green Hills" is actually from one of Rossini's operas, "Guiglielmo Tell" if memory serves.) And yet Spain has her own piping traditions. Perhaps it's the Scottish/Golf/St Andrews connection?