The flute in musical life in eighteenth-century Scotland

Ford, Elizabeth Cary (2016) The flute in musical life in eighteenth-century Scotland. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

Full text available as:
[thumbnail of 2016fordphd.pdf] PDF
Download (4MB)
Printed Thesis Information:


All history of the flute in Scotland begins with William Tytler’s 1792 assertion that the
flute was unknown in Scotland prior to 1725. Other generally accepted beliefs about the
flute in Scotland are that it was only played by wealthy male amateurs and had no role in
traditional music. Upon examination, all of these beliefs are false. This thesis explores the
role of the flute in eighteenth-century Scottish musical life, including players, repertoire,
manuscripts, and instruments. Evidence for ladies having played flute is also examined, as
are possible connections between flute playing and bagpipe playing. What emerges is a
more complete picture of the flute’s role in eighteenth-century Scottish musical life.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Scotland, flute, eighteenth century, Jacobites, pìobaireachd, William McGibbon, bagpipes, manuscripts, ladies, Susanna Montgomerie, flute repertoire, instruments, Tannahill; Nicholson, Reid; Tytler, Alexander Bruce, John Reid, John Gunn, perceptions of history, Scottishness, traditional.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Funder's Name: St Andrews Society, Washington DC, University of Glasgow Kenneth Elliott Postgraduate Scholarship in Music
Supervisor's Name: McGuinness, Dr. David and Butt, Professor John
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Dr Elizabeth C Ford
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7351
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 10:49
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 07:38

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year