(E-BOOK) A New Compleat Theory for the Highland Bagpipe, by Dr. Matthew Welch
The Scottish Highland Bagpipe, now heard around the globe, has long enchanted musicians and listeners for it’s brilliant tone, humming drones, and its profoundly stirring music. Mirroring Joseph MacDonald’s unprecedented and encyclopedic treatise of staff notations of the Highland bagpipe (1760-1803), Dr. Matthew Welch’s A New Compleat Theory for The Highland Bagpipe charts the complete (or the archaic “compleat’) trajectory of the use of the Highland Bagpipe up to 2020. Terse and insightful, this treatise will educate both the piper and composer. Included in Part II is a selection of Dr. Welch’s original and inventive compositions for the bagpipe in an array of traditional and modern forms.
“This book is a significant contribution to piping, to the progression of traditional music, to composition, and to the exploration of entangling musical philosophies. It is brilliant, baffling, obscure, obvious, and quite simply wonderful.”
- James MacHattie, Director of Education at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, P.E.I.
Dr. Matthew Welch is a critically acclaimed opera composer, bagpiper, multi-instrumentalist, conductor, recording artist, husband and dad living in the SF Bay Area, California, USA. Welch earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at Yale University’s School of Music.