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Posted By: GUEST,Julia
06-Feb-07 - 10:15 PM
Thread Name: Burns as Music
Subject: RE: Burns as Music
Thanks, Ranger, for the plug.
Just a couple of points for those who object to the "parlor song" performancees. Burns, in fact, collected the songs and either "mended" or wrote new lyrics to them in order to preserve them. In many ways , he was one of the first "songcatchers". He then published the collection as Johnson's "Scots Musical Museum", intended for the parlor set. Although he got them originally from the "common folk" he felt he was giving them a chance of survival by presenting them to the upper class. In addition many of his lyrics have been posthumously set by all manner of formal composers, and actually have come back to us plebes!

If you want the REALLY earthy stuff, check out the Merry Muses of Caledonia....
BEst- Julia Lane /Castlebay