The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121329   Message #2649792
Posted By: Jack Campin
06-Jun-09 - 06:39 AM
Thread Name: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
Subject: RE: To introduce songs, or not, and how?
for our next piece, our fiddle player will perform
Sir B. Mackenzie's Daughter's Lament for the 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat From The Straits of Loch Knombe on the occasion of the Announcement of her Marriage to The Laird of Kinleakie.

or would we have lost the audience's attention?

That sort of contemptuous attitude about what Scottish instrumental tunes mean is fortunately a lot less common than it used to be. (I spent several years of hard work systematically combating it).

If that's the way you feel about the composer, why are you playing the music at all?

For starters, look up the stories behind "The 79th's Farewell to Gibraltar" and the "The 91st at Modder River". Then try to tell me that doesn't affect how you play or hear those tunes.