I really agree with you Maureen. Brilliant mailing.
Push the boundaries but retain the roots!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Maureen Davison" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Dartmouth N.P.S. site" <nsp@cs.dartmouth.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:19 AM
Subject: [NSP] re Sir P. and K.T.

> Sunday, October 29, 2006 3:54 PM Peter Dunn wrote:
>> the pipes are such a fantastic, amazing and beautiful instrument that 
>> they
> deserve to be much better known. Come the day when their continuing
> development allows them to be a standard repetoire instrument....How about 
> a
> concerto for pipes and orchestra or modern jazz for pipes?
> Yes, I agree that the Northumberland smallpipes are *fantastic, amazing 
> and
> beautiful* but I'd question any school of thought that would happily
> sacrifice the unique to the ubiquitous, using a medium that it is patently
> unsuitable for. I hasten to point out that I am not a Luddite, I relish 
> the
> challenges an extended chanter affords me. Those more able musicians who
> take the instrument outside of the tradition in their quest for musical
> exploration and experimentation, good luck to them. These ventures tend be
> limited and with sound reason, as Matt Seattle once commented on this 
> list,
> if you want play jazz get yourself a clarinet, NSP drones are just not up 
> to
> the task.
> Great Highland bagpipes haven't been forced into changing form or 
> repertoire
> to become known from North Shields to Nepal, so it's a rather alarming
> notion that NSPs should evolve into something capable of being played in
> orchestras or jazz bands to achieve similar recognition. Surely that would
> destroy the very essence of what attracted us to it in the first place and
> for me, it certainly wasn't to play Stranger on the Shore in preference to
> the Apprentice Lads of Alnwick!
> Maureen
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