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The Bagpipe
The History of a Musical Instrument

ISBN 9781032070865
Published October 13, 2021 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1975, and written by an authority on Scottish music, this book traces the evolution of the bagpipe whilst also narrating the fortunes of the ‘Great Highland Bagpipe’ itself. Exploring history and archaeology of civilizations as far removed from the Scottish Highlands as Egypt and Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome this book offers a unique full-length history of one of the world’s most interesting and ancient musical instruments. Appendices list the bagpipes of other countries and the materials used in the instrument’s manufacture as well as a comprehensive bibliography.

Table of Contents

1. Antiquity: Sumeria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Roman Britain 2. Britain After the Romans: The Roman Legacy, The Bag, Surviving Bagpipes 3. The Great Highland Bagpipe: The Early Pipes, The MacCrimmons, The Highland Companies Before Culloden, The Jacobite Risings, Culloden, The Disarming Act 1747, The Highland Society. Appendices.

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Francis M. Collinson, musicologist was a Founder Member of the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh.


‘It is masterly; Collinson is totally scientific and scholarly in his approach to the subject. It is an excellently and entertainingly written book, at times witty and very amusing. ‘ Dick Gaughan, Folk Review