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- DescriptionOne 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 complex history of Scottish song collecting, and the publication of major Highland and Lowland collections, over the ensuing 130 years. Looking at sources, authenticity, collecting methodology and format, McAulay places these collections in their cultural context and traces links with contemporary attitudes towards such wide-ranging topics as the embryonic tourism and travel industry; cultural nationalism; fakery and forgery; literary and musical creativity; and the move from antiquarianism and dilettantism towards an increasingly scholarly and didactic tone in the mid-to-late Victorian collections. Attention is given to some of the performance issues raised, either in correspondence or in the paratexts of published collections; and the narrative is interlaced with references to contemporary literary, social and even political history as it affected the collectors themselves. Most significantly, this study demonstrates a resurgence of cultural nationalism in the late nineteenth century.
- Author BiographyKaren McAulay is Music and Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her research explores the interface between antiquarian fact-finding and artistic creativity; the parallels between literary and musical fakery in the early Romantic era; and the use of metaphor in the paratexts of song collections in the early nineteenth century.
- Author(s)Karen McAulay
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/02/2013
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleMusic in Nineteenth-Century Britain
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIncludes 10 b&w illustrations and 1 map
- Weight706 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Series Edited byProfessor Bennett Zon
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