WATSON, Lori (2013) The New Traditional School in Scotland: Innovation, Beyond-tune Composition and a Traditional Musician’s Creative Practice (RCS and St Andrews University: PhD thesis and folio)

The New Traditional School in Scotland: Innovation, Beyond-tune Composition and a Traditional Musician’s Creative Practice

WATSON, Lori (2013) The New Traditional School in Scotland: Innovation, Beyond-tune Composition and a Traditional Musician’s Creative Practice (RCS and St Andrews University: PhD thesis and folio)

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Abstract

The author has identified a new ‘school’ of composing Traditional musicians in Scotland.  This group and its activity, as documented by the author, spans from 1984 to 2012 and encompasses over 150 new works ranging from orchestral pieces through works for chamber ensemble and studio and electronic works to solos and various forms of improvisation.

The author presents a folio of original compositions, and substantial critical analysis in order to gain, from an artistic research perspective, a better understanding of innovative music practice by ‘elite’ Traditional musicians in Scotland, and the context for that.

Through extensive fieldwork and literature review the author contextualises this movement and the original compositions in terms of how they relate both to the contemporary music world and to the Traditional music community and its activity.