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Music in Scotland before the mid-ninth century: an interdisciplinary approach

Clements, Joanna (2009) Music in Scotland before the mid-ninth century: an interdisciplinary approach. MMus(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

There are few sources for early medieval Scottish music and their interpretation is contentious. Many writers have consequently turned to Irish sources to supplement them. An examination of patterns of cultural influence in sculpture and metalwork suggests that, in addition to an Irish influence, a Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon influence and sources should be considered. Differences in the musical evidence from these groups, however, suggest a complex process of diffusion, innovation and local choice in the interaction of their musical cultures. The difficulty of predicting the course of such a process means that the observation of cultural influence in other disciplines is not on its own a useful tool in the study of music in Scotland before the mid-ninth century.

Item Type: Thesis (MMus(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Music, Scotland, Picts, Scots, Dal Riata, Alba, sculpture, metalwork, Northumbria, Anglo-Saxon, harp, triple pipes, lyre, Aberlemno number three cross slab, Aldbar cross slab, Dupplin cross, Gask cross slab, Hilton of Cadboll sculpture, Monifieth cross shaft, Nigg cross slab, St Andrews fragments, Burghead horn mount, Midhowe Broch Whistle, St. Martin's Cross, St. Oran's Cross, Abernethy cross shaft fragment, Ardchattan cross slab, Lethendy carving, Sueno's stone, Forres pillar
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Supervisor's Name: Edwards, Dr. Warwick
Date of Award: 2009
Depositing User: Ms Joanna Clements
Unique ID: glathesis:2009-2368
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:54
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2368

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