A Guide to the Players and Music of the Highland Bagpipe

William Donaldson

Date Published :
September 2021
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24pp b/w plates
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781780276878
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 7.8 X 5.1 inches
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Pipers takes the reader inside the world of the performer community of Scottish piping, introducing the instrument itself and the various different repertories. It also discusses piping techniques as well as information on some of the great piping dynasties and individual pipers. Dr Willie Donaldson shows how ‘traditional music’, often assumed to be the anonymous product of a dim and distant past, is the creation of gifted individuals operating in a sophisticated and vigorously ongoing enterprise. Since pipers have often been skilled also on the fiddle, keyboards and small-pipes, or as singers or dancers, their story offers fascinating insights into the whole traditional music and song repertoire of Scotland.

Pipers is a well-informed and highly readable account by a prize-winning author who is a piper and composer of pipe music as well as an internationally recognized historian of Scottish tradition.

About The Author

William Donaldson is a Scottish social historian and piper. Two of his earlier books, The Jacobite Song and Popular Literature in Victorian Scotland, received a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Thomas Blackwell Memorial Prize.

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