The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition (Google eBook)

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Dr Joshua Dickson
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Music - 408 pages
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The Highland bagpipe, widely considered 'Scotland's national instrument', is one of the most recognized icons of traditional music in the world. It is also among the least understood. But Scottish bagpipe music and tradition - particularly, but not exclusively, the Highland bagpipe - has enjoyed an unprecedented surge in public visibility and scholarly attention since the 1990s. A greater interest in the emic led to a diverse picture of the meaning and musical iconicism of the bagpipe in communities in Scotland and throughout the Scottish diaspora. This interest has led to the consideration of both the globalization of Highland piping and piping as rooted in local culture. It has given rise to a reappraisal of sources which have hitherto formed the backbone of long-standing historical and performative assumptions. And revivalist research which reassesses Highland piping's cultural position relative to other Scottish piping traditions, such as that of the Lowlands and Borders, today effectively challenges the notion of the Highland bagpipe as Scotland's 'national' instrument. The Highland Bagpipe provides an unprecedented insight into the current state of Scottish piping studies. The contributors – from Scotland, England, Canada and the United States – discuss the bagpipe in oral and written history, anthropology, ethnography, musicology, material culture and modal aesthetics. The book will appeal to ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, as well as those interested in international bagpipe studies and traditions.
  

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Contents

Material Evidence for Intonation and Pitch
25
A Survey of Immigrant Bagpipes and Regional
47
The Making of Bagpipe Reeds and Practice Chanters in South Uist
71
Traditional Origins of the Piping Dynasties
97
Neil MacLean of the 84th Highlanders
127
Simon Fraser Reconsidered
145
Lowland and Border Piping in a Highland World
169
A Case Study in Revivalism and
191
A Folk Thing?
221
The Case for a Lost
255
The Concept of Mode in Scottish Bagpipe Music
279
A Return to Maol Donn
303
Bibliography
333
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