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Book Launch of 'The voice of the wind', Michael Vereno's linguistic history of bagpipes, published by the International Bagpipe Organisation

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Join us for the launch of Michael Vereno's fantastic book, The Voice of the Wind on International Bagpipe Day 2021!

This linguistic history of bagpipes is a unique volume, retracing the numerous different words for this wonderful instrument. Published by the International Bagpipe Organisation, we will be presenting the book, and Michael will be available to answer any questions you may have.

The launch will last one hour.

We may continue informally, if the mood is right, with a drink in hand.

Scholars have long provided bagpipes with a creation myth that stretches back to the ancient Near East, where they supposedly appear in the biblical Book of Daniel. It then has the Greeks playing them and Roman legions carrying them to the ends of the Empire. But Michael Peter Vereno’s The Voice of the Wind calls this story into question. Using linguistic analysis, Vereno shows that the oldest ‘evidence’ is often dubious at best and demonstrates that supposed ancient stories of bagpipe origins— and sometimes even their names—were later scholarly creations to give them a respectable, ancient pedigree. His erudite examination calls into question many conclusions and settled ‘facts’ to reveal a more enlightening story of bagpipe origins. It redefines its field and represents a significant contribution to historical organology. Readers with an interest in modern bagpipes, the history of instruments, and the interpretation of ancient and more recent textual sources will all find something to engage them and complicate their beliefs.

“A book any historically oriented bagpiper and connoisseur of early European instrumental music should know. It is a significant contribution to organology, in a field full of myths, written by a sober-minded linguist and enthusiastic drone musician.” – Ulrich Morgenstern, Professor, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

“A long-awaited and essential addition to the bookshelves of linguists, organologists, and bagpipe enthusiasts alike. Michael Vereno has applied thorough, rigorous research and unearthed the roots of the bagpipe through linguistics. A lively, engaging read.”

– Jane Moulder, Editor, Chanter, journal of the Bagpipe Society

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