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Scottish Airs for Pairs Book - Matt Seattle


This is the third book in the Airs for Pairs series, and the first to focus on the music of one country. Drawn from centuries of Scottish music, the selection includes well-known tunes alongside some rarer gems, as well as two fine modern compositions: my thanks to Brian McNeill and Martin Marroni for permission to include these. The book also includes one arrangement each by Nathaniel Gow and William C Honeyman as interesting examples of previously published duets.

Older tunes frequently exist in multple versions, so while the harmonies work with the versions here they will not necessarily go with different versions which you may already know. Bowings have been included as a guide for the less experienced, but more experienced players will feel free to use their own. The harmonies are there to enhance the tunes, so it is often effective to play the tune solo or in unison first before adding the harmony, which should never drown the melody. Ornamentation is an integral part of this music but it has not been written in, leaving scope for personal style and the exuberance of the moment - enjoy the music!




Alloa House
The Banks of the Deveron
The Blue Bells of Scotland
The Bonny Lass o' Bon-Accord
Corn Riggs
The Fisherman's Song
Da Full Rigged Ship
Green Grows the Rashes, O

Gudewife of Peebles
Jock o' Hazeldean
The Mason's Apron
The Mill, Mill, O
Miss Baird of Saughton Hall's Allamande
My Love is but a Lassie Yet
Da New Rigged Ship
Old Head Pier

Peace and Plenty
Port Lennox
Shepherds of Yarrow
Sitting in the Stern of a Boat
Ye Banks and Braes

Scottish Airs for Pairs Book - Matt Seattle

SKU: AD103
  • This book of duets contains twenty one Scottish tunes of core repertoire which the editor, Matt Seattle, feels should have a place in the repertoire of all musicians who reside in these Islands.

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