The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, 1750-1950: Transmission, Change and the Concept of Tradition

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Tuckwell Press, 2000 - History - 518 pages
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The Highland bagpipe has long been a central strand of Scottish identity, but what happened to the Highland bagpipe in the two centuries following Culloden? How was its music transmitted and received? This study presents much new contemporary evidence and uses a range of methods to recreate the changing world of the pipers as they influenced and were influenced by the transformations in Scottish society. It is intended for pipers exploring the achievements and musical concerns of their predecessors; for the general reader interested in a music whose history is akin to that of Scotland's poetry and song; and for all students of the process of tradition.

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