Alastair Hardie's Compliments To The King - The Violin Music Of James Scott Skinner With Piano Accompaniment

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(March 2018)

A major collection of Skinner's compositions by the fiddler Alastair Hardie, author of The Caledonian Companion.

Thirty-three famous tunes for violin, arranged in sets, composed or played by The Strathspey King, James Scott Skinner (1843-1927) as he performed in Scotland, England and America and also found in his recordings and publications.

William (Bill) Hardie described Skinner's style as characterised by "the fire and force in the marches and strathspeys, exhilaratingly fast reel playing and the poetic sensitivity of the slow airs".

They are here united with piano accompaniments, many authorised by the composer, with other accompaniments especially composed and arranged for the collection, designed to bring out the harmonic and chromatic richness of Skinner's style without ever dominating or outshining the pre-eminent writing for the violin.

Alastair Hardie's forbears were closely associated with this great fiddler-composer and therefore he has had the music in his head, heart and fingers all his life.


James Scott Skinner (1843-1927) A Biographical Portrait

The Music: The Bonnie Lass O' Bon Accord * Mrs Scott Skinner * The Miller O' Hirn * The Auld Wheel * The Cradle Song * The Shakins O' The Pocky * Arthur Seat * Eugene Stratton * Macpherson's Blade * Dargai * Athole Brose * The Left-Handed Fiddler * Bovaglie's Plaid * Les Trois Grands Luthiers * Sir William Wallace * King Robert The Bruce * Millhills * The Laird O' Drumblair * The Deil Amang The Tailors * Le Messe * Back To The Hills * The Mathematician * Mr A.G. Wilken's Favourite * Mrs Chree * Carnie's Canter * Fyvie Castle * The Glories Of The Star * Madam Neruda * Ossian * Glengrant * Gladstone's * The President * Notes On The Music (And The Recording).

Paperback - Full Score 68pp, with separate Violin Part 28pp pp.

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