I really agree with you Maureen. Brilliant mailing. Push the boundaries but retain the roots! Helen ----- Original Message ----- From: "Maureen Davison" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: "Dartmouth N.P.S. site" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 > > > > > > > > > > To get on or off this list see list information at > http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html >