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1st Edition

The Traditional and National Music of Scotland

ISBN 9781032071794
Published October 13, 2021 by Routledge
330 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1966, this was the first book on this subject to be published for over a hundred years. It covers all facets including little-known types of Gaelic song, the bagpipes and their music, including the esoteric subject of pibroch, the Ceol Mor or ‘Great Music’ of the pipes. It gives a comprehensive review of the fiddle composers and their music, and of the Clarsach and its revival, with an example of all-but-extinct Scottish harp music. A chapter is devoted to the music of Orkney and Shetland and the book contains over 100 examples of music many of which were from the author’s own collection and published here for the first time.

Table of Contents

1. The Native Idiom 2. Gaelic and Lowland Scots Song 3. The Gaelic Labour Songs 4. The Vocal Music of Lowland Scotland 5. The Bagpipes 6. The Music of the Pipes 7. The Fiddle 8. The Harp 9. The Music of Orkney and Shetland 10. The Gaelic Long Tunes for the Psalms 11. Conclusion: The Reader’s Part.

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


'The author...a Scotsman, creatively gifted musician...has produced a remarkably well balanced and stimulating exposition...' Journal of the International Folk Music Council.

‘A vast mass of material... has been marshalled in good order and clearly expounded. The excellence of the book consists not only in the richness of its contents, but in the number and relevance of the tunes quoted.’ Frank Howes, Musical Times