Sunday, 16 January 2011

By The Burnside

Here's one from a couple of Old Romantics, recorded for our Downriver CD.

This piece was written by Greenock born composer Hamish MacCunn, who is perhaps most famous for "The Land of the Mountain and The Flood", the quintessential Scottish orchestral overture, sweeping listeners across a Sir Walter Scott style view of the rugged Scottish landscape. "By The Burnside" is from his "Highland Memories" suite. You can buy his original sheet music for this at Sothebys just now.

And in keeping with our wee literary theme of the last few days, "By the Burnside" is here accompanied by a reading of William Wordsworth's "Greenock", composed when he stopped off here on his Highland Tour.

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