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Professor Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow

The Scots Musical Museum is perhaps the core canonical collection of Scottish song, with over 200 of its 600 songs claimed for Robert Burns. Murray Pittock's two volume 1100 page edition from Oxford University Press is the first research edition of the Scots Musical Museum in its entirety, and the first ever edition, unearthing hundreds of previously unacknowledged variants between the first and 1803 editions. It identifies previously unknown inconsistencies between the tunes Burns approved and those printed, and will claim that up to 50 songs should be removed from the Burns canon. Burns’s sources, the archaeology of both his song and music-are mapped out in unparalleled depth and detail in this landmark work, which also provides a detailed evaluation of the development of song in eighteenth-century Scotland.

In this talk, Professor Pittock explains why this immensely important collection was neither Scots, musical or a museum in any traditional sense, but in fact has been deeply misunderstood since Burns assumed a role as the guardian of the Scottish folk tradition in the nineteenth century.

This edition forms volumes 2 and 3 of the Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns, part of the AHRC-funded project 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century' and will be covered on the One Show on 25 January. Period recordings of songs from the Museum can be downloaded free from the project website: http://burnsc21.glasgow.ac.uk/songs-for-the-scots-musical-museum/

Find out what Burns really sounded like!

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