Dr Fred Freeman Talks Robert Burns

30 November 2015

Early this year Dr Fred Freeman, producer of Linn's benchmark recording series The Complete Songs of Robert Burns, gave a lecture to The Royal Society of Edinburgh. His illustrated talk was designed to introduce a little known Robert Burns. For over 200 years, he has been misrepresented as Scotland's national 'poet', yet he was, preeminently, a song-writer. 

The lecture considered Burns's background as a fiddler and folk artist; his innovative use of traditional dance/instrumental forms (strathspeys, reels, jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes); his curious method of composition - most often, from the tune to the words; his seminal theory of ‘ballad simplicity' which relates to musical form, language, rhythm; most significantly, his reinvention of himself and of a new Scottish national tradition. 

Excerpts are taken from Dr Freeman's groundbreaking recordings. 

Watch on YouTube.




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