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The Traditional and National Music of Scotland Hardcover – January 1, 1970
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This is the first book on the traditional and national music of Scotland in all its aspects to be published for over a hundred years. It covers all facets of the subject including such little known types of Gaelic song as waulking, rowing, reaping, milking, quern-grinding and churning songs; and the fascinating "fairy songs" often reputed to have been composed by "the Little People" themselves. It also deals with the bagpipes and their music, including the esoteric and little-known subject of pibroch (piobaireachd), the Ceol Mor or "Great Music" of the pipes; the elusive pibroch-songs associated with it, and the curious piobaireachd notation by vocable syllables known as canntaireachd. It gives a comprehensive review of the fiddle composers and their music, and of the Clarsach and its revival, with an example only recently come to light of the all-but-extinct Scottish harp music. A chapter is devoted to the music of Orkney and Shetland; for though the music is of Scandinavian provenance, the Islands themselves have formed part of the kingdom of Scotland for just over five hundred years.
The book contains close on a hundred and fifty music examples, of which a great many, including some rare tunes of the "Ossianic" or "Heroic" ballads are of the author's own collecting, and are here published for the first time.