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Our ancient national airs : Scottish song collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic era

Author: Karen McAulay
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2013.
Series: Music in nineteenth-century Britain.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the earliest documented Scottish song collectors actually to go 'into the field' to gather his specimens, was the Highlander Joseph Macdonald. Macdonald emigrated in 1760 - contemporaneously with the start of James Macpherson's famous but much disputed Ossian project - and it fell to the Revd. Patrick Macdonald to finish and subsequently publish his younger brother's collection. Karen McAulay traces the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen McAulay
ISBN: 9781409450191 1409450198 9781409450207 1409450201
OCLC Number: 804491316
Description: 279 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Contents: Introduction; 'Never hitherto published': preserving the Highland heritage; 'The aera of Scotish music and Scotish song is now passed': Lowland song collecting, c. 1780-1800; 'To take down a melody': travel in pursuit of song; 'Leaving the world to find out whether they are old or new': invention or fakery?; 'Which many a bard had chanted many a day': paratextual imagery and metaphors in Romantic Celtic song collections; Illustrations and notes: Stenhouse's and Hogg's quest for origins, c. 1820; Increasing the knowledge and improving the taste, c. 1830-1850; 'The feelings of a Scotsman' and the illusion of origins in the later 19th century; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Music in nineteenth-century Britain.
Responsibility: Karen McAulay.

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