Bagpipe tutor entitled 'Piping for Boys or a Piper's Primer'

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by J. Percy Sturrock and published by Eneas Mackay, Stirling, 1911

Postcard of Bagpipe tutor entitled 'Piping for Boys or a Piper's Primer'.
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Bagpipe tutor entitled 'Piping for Boys or a Piper's Primer'

A bagpipe tutor, entitled 'Piping for Boys or A Piper's Primer, To Enable Young Men to Teach Themselves the Bagpipes'. Written by J. Percy Sturrock and published by Eneas Mackay, 43 Murray Place, Stirling, Scotland. 1911.

The music for the Great Highland Bagpipe began to be recorded in written form in the 18th century, initially in song and fiddle collections. The first known book on Highland pipe music and 'pibroch' was written by Joseph MacDonald about 1760 but, since he died in India in 1763, his manuscript remained relatively unknown until recently.

The first collection of tunes in full bagpipe notation was by the bagpipe maker, Donald MacDonald, who published his Collection of Ancient Martial Music of Caledonia called Piobaireachd about 1820. Further collections followed, notably Angus Mackay's Collection of Ancient Piobaireachd or Highland Pipe Music published in Edinburgh in 1838, and increasingly books of 'light music' such as David Glen's Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music in 17 parts between 1876 and 1911. The number of pipers in Scotland was increasing and players were becoming musically literate. The art of playing the Great Highland Bagpipe passed from an oral tradition into printed books.

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Online ID: 000-000-579-870-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0869: The Bagpipe Collection
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.2002.1802
Date: 1911 (date of publication)
Material: Card, paper, linen and ink
Dimensions: 200 mm H x 166 mm W x 5 mm Depth
What: Bagpipe tutor
Who: Eneas Mackay (publisher)
J. Percy Sturrock (author)
Where: Scotland, Stirling, Murray Place (place of publication)
Description: Bagpipe tutor composed of card, paper, linen and ink.
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