Scottish reels are mentioned as early as the 16th
century. Except in the Scottish Highlands, they
disappeared under the influence of the Presbyterian
church in the 17th century; they reappeared in the
Scottish Lowlands after 1700. The Irish reel, or cor,
is distinguished by more complex figurations and
styling and may be either a solo or a set dance to reel
music. Reels are danced, less...
When dances are categorized by tempo, Reels are the
most common form of Scottish Country Dance. They are
performed mostly to 4/4 tempo music. A few are in 2/4
tempo (with the same number of bars rather than
crochets per minute) though only the experienced
musician would be aware of the difference.
Note that the presence of the word, Reel, in a dance
title does not necessarily mean that it is danced to
the Reel tempo; for example; this piece.
Although this work was originally written for Folk
Instruments & Voice, I created this arrangement for
Celtic or Concert (Pedal) Harp.