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Scotch minstrelsy

composer
1982
author of text

 
Scotch minstrelsy (1982) was commissioned by Glasgow University’s McEwan Bequest for the tenor Neil Mackie, whose simple and unaffected performances of Scottish folk songs I greatly admired. Intending to write a companion piece for this pleasant repertoire, I made a selection of much abbreviated Border Ballads; but on closer examination, the grisly happenings of these familiar poems came as a shock, and the resulting songs are histrionic and nervous, though framed by ‘beautiful’ piano accompaniments, just as Scotland’s violent past is obscured by its abundant scenery.

from notes by Judith Weir © 2006

Recordings

Weir: On buying a horse & other songs
SIGCD087Download only

Details

No 1: Bessie Bell and Mary Gray
Track 7 on SIGCD087 [3'57] Download only
No 2: Bonnie James Campbell  It's up in the highlands, along the sweet Tay
Track 8 on SIGCD087 [2'26] Download only
No 3: Lady Isobel and the elf-knight  Fair Lady Isobel sits in her bower sewing
Track 9 on SIGCD087 [2'03] Download only
No 4: The gypsy laddie  The gypsies came to our good lord's castle gates
Track 10 on SIGCD087 [3'04] Download only
No 5: The braes of Yarrow  I dreamed a dreary dream last night
Track 11 on SIGCD087 [1'55] Download only

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