The status of the master fiddler in eighteenth-century Scotland

Ronnie Gibson

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Eighteenth-century Scotland was witness to changes in the reception and function of fiddle music. While dance remained the primary motivation for performance, alternatives were gaining in popularity. In a parallel movement, the emergence of art and folk as categories of music was shaping the way music was heard and understood. This paper will consider the implications of these phenomena by interrogating the categorisation and aestheticisation of fiddle music in eighteenth-century Scotland. In addition, the status of the master fiddler and the development of the instrumental slow air will be assessed as indicators of these phenomena
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5


ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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