Robert Burns's Songs for George Thomson

McCue, K.(Ed.) (2021) Robert Burns's Songs for George Thomson. [Scholarly Editions]

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During the last four years of his life Robert Burns worked tirelessly for two major Scottish song collections, James Johnson’s The Scots Musical Museum and George Thomson’s Select Collections of National Airs. An Edinburgh civil servant, Thomson’s masterplan was to create a repository of fine poetry with arrangements of national airs by the best of contemporary European composers, including Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. For the first time since their original appearances, this new edition brings together the texts and musical settings of over 170 songs written, edited and collected by Burns for Thomson’s project. Its expansive introduction examines the poet/editor relationship in detail, presenting new information about their collaboration and the notes to each song provide detailed information on the creative context of each of Burns’s songs, their tunes and the musical settings Thomson chose to publish with them.

Item Type:Scholarly Editions
Keywords:Robert Burns, George Thomson, songs, lyrics, Scottish songs, Irish songs, Welsh songs.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McCue, Professor Kirsteen
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
529991Editing Robert Burns for the 21st CenturyGerard CarruthersArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/I003738/1CRIT - SCOTTISH LITERATURE