992Logan's Bonnie Woods and Braes
- Dec 27, 2008A chàirdean,
A little gift for Oidhche Challainn. I've uploaded Logan's Bonnie
Woods and Braes into the Files section of the group. This tune
appears in the Gesto Collection of Highland Music (1895). The
arranger was Keith Norman MacDonald, Gesto hospital's Resident
Medical Officer, who died in Edinburgh.
To their 1997 edition, Llanerch Publishers have prefixed a
publisher's note which says that 'he sent his collection of music to
his printers in Leipzig with most of the items in the form in which
they had been given to him.'
This might explain the singularness of the bass arrangement of
Logan's Bonnie Woods and Braes compared to other basses in the
collection. I haven't heard this bass talked about before by Gaelic
harp aficionados. The bass magadises a lot and it is quite
remarkable that such a bass appears in such a late collection. I
haven't gone looking through this collection for such basses but I
much just now since discovering this one.
If we place this tune on the Gaelic harp on a descending scale of aaa
gg ff ee dd cc aa g, it finishes on aa. Folks should recognise the
mode. Only two fifths appear in the bass and only one third.
As with Scott's Lamentation in publication, the bass is full of
octaves. Again, we're left wondering if this doubling was for the
benefit of the piano or not.
I wonder if anyone knows offhand where Keith Norman MacDonald's
papers are? I'd be very interested in locating an original copy of
this arrangement. It may be possible to ascertain its provenance.
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