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The Highland Pipe and Scottish Society, 1750-1950
William Donaldson

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ISBN: 1 86232 075 6
350 pages
Hardback, £25


'A masterpiece’, George Balderose, The Voice, (U.S.A.) 29/2 (2000)
‘Riveting…a wonderful book’, Jim McGillivray, Piper & Drummer, (Canada) 2000
‘Seminal’, David Murray, Piping Times , 53/12 (2001)
‘This remarkable book will change the way you think about piobaireachd ... the greatest piping contribution since Angus MacKay’s book of 1838’, October 2000, at www.piobaireachd.com (New Zealand)
‘This is academic explication at its rare and very best’, John Purser, Aberdeen University Review, 58/204 (2000)

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.

William Donaldson is a Scottish social historian and piper. Combining newspaper and manuscript evidence from the pipers themselves with a wide range of historical sources, he provides a fresh account of the players and of their musical traditions which have hitherto been the subject of much myth making. For the world-wide piping community, this is the first history of their musical culture.