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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Bagpipes: A National Collection of a National Instrument (Paperback)
Hugh Cheape's 'Bagpipes: A National Collection of a National Instrument' expands and challenges the notions commonly believed about the bagpipe, by giving the reader a scholarly insight into the collections held in the National Museums of Scotland. Scottish identity as expressed in the icon of the bagpipe is uncovered, exploded; by being able to relate to the concrete examples of the items of the Museum's collection the reader's understanding of one of Scotland's key national symbols acquires an extra dimension. In this sense it is a ground-breaking work, as never before had the items been systematically analysed from this perspective.

Cheape's previous publications, articles and essays constitute the basis for 'Bagpipes', and the wide consensus these works have obtained in academia confirm the validity and significance of the book, and of the author's research. Cheape is one of the world pioneers of the field, and his works have accompanied me throughout my years of research on the cultural history of the bagpipe. 'Bagpipes' I can say is indeed the culminating result of his extensive, dedicated research. Moreover, it can be equally appreciated by experts of the field and the wider audience, as it balances accessibility with an academic approach. The highly interdisciplinary nature of the book has the potential of bringing together and posing new questions to scholars, researchers and enthusiasts interested even in very different fields, under the common denominator of Scotland's national instrument.

The author furthers the perceptions of the bagpipe's significance in the national cultural framework, by taking into consideration a variety of spheres and fields - from art to music and literature. This is also aided by the highly informative and intellectually stimulating DVD attached to the book - interactivity is unquestionably a mark of twenty-first century learning. 'Bagpipes' is a book with an eye to the future, not only for the innovative approach to a topic which has been much abused in the past, but also for the ways in which it aims to convey the wealth of knowledge it contains.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Little Book, 26 Oct. 2013
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As a bagpiper myself I found this an interesting book describing the history of Scotland's national instrument. Well produced book and written by an expert in the field. Sits nicely in my collection of other piping books.
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