Bagpipes : A National Collection of a National Treasure

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Based on a 'national collection of the national instrument' now assembled in National Museums Scotland, this book offers an account of the musicology of the bagpipe in its European context, including the remarkable influence of the Baroque on Scotland's musical traditions. The record is meagre for the evolution of the bagpipe in Scotland and perceptions of the 'national instrument' have depended on a stereotype Great Highland Bagpipe assumed to have a continuous history from a distant past. The evidence, as far as it goes, suggests that Scotland adopted a 'great pipe' from the European bagpipe tradition and made it, through the strength of the Gaelic language and its music, very much its own. This edition does not have the accompanying CD-ROM of the first edition but is otherwise unaltered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 188 x 245 x 10.16mm | 521.63g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 60 colour
  • 190526755X
  • 9781905267552
  • 587,760

Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Theme and Variation: Representing the National Instrument A Distant Past: The Bagpipe Comes to Scotland Gaelic Symphony: The Great Pipe takes root Traditional Origins of the Piping Dynasty The Pastoral of the New Bagpipe: Echoes of the Neo-Baroque 'Taste and Humour': The Union Pipe of Scotland and Ireland The maestros: Architects of Change Coda Bibliography
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About Hugh Cheape

Dr Hugh Cheape, formerly Head of the Scottish Material Culture Research Centre, National Museums Scotland, was largely responsible for building this definitive bagpipe collection. He is now a Lecturer and Course Leader in the University of the Highlands and Islands. He has published many articles on Scottish history, and his books include the ever-popular Tartan: The Highland Habit.
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