The Scots Musical Museum is perhaps the core canonical collection of Scottish song, with over 200 of its 600 songs claimed for Robert Burns. This is the first research edition of the Scots Musical Museum in its entirety in over two centuries and the first ever edition of the first edition of any kind, unearthing hundreds of previously unacknowledged variants between the first and 1803 editions. It will claim that up to fifty songs should be removed from the Burns canon. It is a landmark text for understanding the history and development of Scottish song and music. A full and detailed introduction sets out the social, textual, musical and historical context in which Robert Burns and James Johnson worked, while extensive notes on the songs provide a detailed history and context of each one, and a brief critical analysis of some of the most famous of these songs. There is a comprehensive glossary based, where available, on contemporary dictionary definitions and ample appendices. The items included here have never before been published complete together.
About the Author
Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice Principal at the University of Glasgow, where he was Vice Principal and Head of the College of Arts from 2010-15. Previously he was Professor of Scottish and Romantic Literature at the University of Manchester, Professor of Literature at Strathclyde and Reader and Head of the University in Scotland initiative at Edinburgh. Murray has held visiting positions in History, Literature, Irish Studies and Equality and Diversity at four European and five US universities, most recently as Visiting Professor at New York University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a founding member of its Humanities Research Committee, as well as one of the few academics to be a prize lecturer at both the RSE and the British Academy.
Table of Contents
Note on the Text
Facsimile texts of Scots Musical Museum, Volumes 1-6
Notes to Scots Musical Museum, Volumes 1-6
Appendix 1: Interleaved Scots Musical Museum transcript
Appendix 2: Burns Canon proposed revision
Appendix 3: Burns attributions
Appendix 4: Dictionary of Persons