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  • 1. Reading between the lines:interpreting compilersintentionsScottish Musical History Lecture 5 (18 April 2013)Dr Karen E McAulay
  • 2. The story so far …• Celtic song collections quite often have introductions or commentary which can tell us a lot about the compilers’ attitudes and priorities• We can often deduce how they regarded their country’s cultural history, eg• Politics• Provenance of songs• Interaction with or influence of literary trends, eg• Bards and minstrels• Authenticity• Fakery• ‘Discovered’ manuscripts
  • 3. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (1) On the title page
  • 4. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (2) Is there a subscribers list?
  • 5. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (3) Is there a contents page?
  • 6. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (4) Is there a preface?
  • 7. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (5) Are individual songs annotated?
  • 8. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (6) Can we say anything about the accompaniment?
  • 9. If we examine a songbook …• What kind of things would we look out for, in a historic songbook?• (7) Are particular instruments specified?
  • 10. Cultural History ThroughNational Song• (Handout)
  • 11. Putting theory into practice• Let’s look at some songbooks!
  • 12. An interesting aside• Songbooks have all this interesting paratext.• Fiddle tunebooks tend not to? (Though there are exceptions, like the Macdonald collection.)• Does this suggest the fiddle books have a more utilitarian purpose? Whereas songbook compilers have the urge to educate/ inform?

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