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Description - The Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns: Volume IV: Robert Burns's Songs for George Thomson by Kirsteen McCue

Between 1792 and his untimely death in 1796, Robert Burns engaged in a detailed correspondence with Edinburgh civil servant and song editor, George Thomson (1757-1851). Thomson had approached him with a commission to provide song texts initially for a large collection of Scottish National airs or tunes. This fascinating and productive relationship has received little attention over the past two hundred years, with most editions of Burns's songs removing them from
this original context. Thomson's role in editing Burns's texts, and in the 'branding' of Burns, in the early decades of the nineteenth century, has also received little detailed analysis. This new
edition of Burns's songs for Thomson is the first to fully explore the nature of this collaboration, explaining the context for Thomson's masterplan and articulating clearly how Burns engaged, at all levels, with this project. It presents over 170 of Burns's songs as they appeared across Thomson's collections of Scottish, Welsh, and Irish airs for the first time since their original publications. Presenting both texts and music, it is the only time Burns's songs for Thomson's Select
Collections have been examined and presented as a body of work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198797272
Format: Hardback
(255mm x 180mm x 45mm)
Pages: 800
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Feb-2021
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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