Articles by: Lyons, William

All Fingers and Thumbs Dec 2021 in Chanter 2021 Winter

Those musicians whose aim is to evoke with as much accuracy as possible the lost musical world of centuries past are confronted with a formidable obstacle: how to reconstruct conventions of style and tradition that are relevant to a distant era without the added burden of the baggage of subsequent centuries. Also vital is to take into account the context of the music, where was it played and who played it?

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The changing status of the bagpiper from the 12th to the 17th centuries Bagpipes have, of course, proliferated throughout many parts of the globe and over many centuries. The continuing and revived traditions are perhaps stronger than at any time in history and looking back at the long and varied story of this wonderful instrument, a complex interwoven quilt presents itself, with myriad manifestations from the subtly similar to the outrageously varied.

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