Scottish country dance music

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In 1938, the BBC's Scottish Music Director, Ian Whyte, wrote about the problems of Scottish dance music: "This is, or rather was, something of a problem, for there were until a few years ago few arrangements of these dances which could be played by strings alone. There were arrangements for strings and piano, and for other mixed combinations of instruments, but practically none for a full string orchestra. To-day we have a comprehensive library of dances arranged for our strings. This enables listeners to hear them played by a certain set of instrumentalists, and in one certain style: and the other bands who appear regularly, from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and from Angus, give other styles more suited to other tastes. Our attempt is to give all the aspects of the subject."[1]


  1. Scotland on the Air, 59.