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Clan Chattan
ID JSS0072
Title Clan Chattan
Document Reference MS2726/62
Format 227 x 310 mm
Medium pen & ink on music manuscript paper,with handwritten notes
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Music,Scottish fiddle music, Scottish Bagpipe music, Quickstep, Chattan
Item Description Skinner's manuscript of his 'Pipe Quickstep' "Clan Chattan", a clan with the wildcat as its heraldic beast. The clan name links to the 6th-century Scottish Bishop, St Cattan, and has strong Gaelic connections with Old Irish catat, battle-mighty (modern Irish 'catta'n and a' chattan). The piece is in A major, 3 sharps, with the common-time signature omitted. The key signature has G natural and not G sharp, since the bagpipe scale lacks that note. The five two-part systems are on hand-ruled penciled staves. The two-part stave is for violin and piano. Only the tune and one variation (melody alone) are complete, pasted onto the page. Skinner may have planned more variations but had no time or inclination to complete them. Performers have a choice of modality: *When played on the violin, the G (sharp) may be played - which of course could not be done on the Bagpipe as all G's are natural on that Instrument.' The verso of this page, not given here, shows that the paper had been used as an envelope, addressed to 'Dr Keith Norman Macdonald, Fernie Bank, Bridge of Allan', with the red (old half-pence) postage stamp franked.
Creator James Scott Skinner
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Time Period 1890's-1900's
Associated Dates: Manuscript 1895; 1898
Relationships JSS0590
Location University of Aberdeen


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