Burns: A fiddler and a poet

Lectures and events
Publication Date
23/07/2015
Featuring
Professor Fred Freeman

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This illustrated talk introduces a little known Robert Burns. For over 200 years, he has been misrepresented as Scotland’s national ‘poet’, yet he was, pre-eminently, a song-writer. The lecture considers Burns’ background as a fiddler and folk artist; his innovative use of traditional dance/instrumental forms (strathspeys, reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes); his curious method of composition – most often, from the tune to the words; his seminal theory of ‘ballad simplicity’ which relates to musical form, language, rhythm; most significantly, his reinvention of himself and of a new Scottish national tradition.

Featuring

Professor Fred Freeman
Professor of Scottish Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Music

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Lectures and events
Publication Date
23/07/2015
Featuring
Professor Fred Freeman
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