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The Songs of Robert Burns free pdf Excerpt from The Songs of Robert Burns: Now First Printed With the Melodies for Which They Were Written- A Study in Tone-Poetry In bringing together for the time the songs of Robert Burns with the melodies for which they were written I do not propose to criticize either. So far as the verses are concerned they have remained famous for more than a century, and are likely to continue famous independent of any literary criticism. So far as the airs are concerned - airs which go to make up the folk-music of Scotland, that particular form of unconscious art of which the vehemence, pathos, and often eccentric progressions have been known outside the limits of the country for the last 250 years - want of space forbids any criticism. A merely verbal description of music cannot convey any real impression to the general reader, and an imperfect technical account of Scottish music would be unsatisfactory to the expert. Both will doubtless prefer to read the music for themselves and form their own opinions. For this reason the Preface will be confined to an explanation of (1) Burns sown theory as a song-writer, (2) how he carried it into practice, and(3) what his qualifications were for writing and adapting his verses to pre-existing music. To begin with, then, the term song as it is now used admits of more than one meaning. Originally it meant - and was invariably - a combination of poetry and music, something to be sung. It did not mean, as it often means nowadays, verse with or without tune- nor was it, like the songs of most modern poets, purely literary verse to which music might accidentally be attached. For Burns's songs, peculiarly, this latter meaning is insufficient, and I designate Burns a tone-poet because he wrote for music, and his songs with their airs are a study in tone-poetry. His Commonplace Book (recording his experience about the age of twenty-three, and before he was known to the world) makes this evident, and shows beyond all doubt that he always associated music with his songs. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : James C Dick
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331698758
EAN : 9781331698753
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 596 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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