A fresh search was made for misprints and as far as possible all those that had been corrected in 4 or 5 were corrected again. If so, this also would have been in the reduced, approximately A4 page size. Printing was reported to be complete in Februarythe total being copies letters, 27 February and 7 March It is thought that a further reprint was ordered bkok the mid s. In the original edition of this Bibliography Cannon identified three or possibly four editions of this book. Roy Gunn, Queensland, Australia. National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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The Kilberry Book is the most popular collection of piobaireachd ever published. Despite largely unwarranted controversy surrounding it and its author, it has sold, and continues to sell, hundreds of copies annually throughout the world. His son, the highly respected James Campbell, Kilberry, has graciously allowed the Piping Times to reprint this talk he gave to the Piobaireachd Society conference earlier this year.

By James Campbell James Campbell. The idea of producing the Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor must have been conceived many years before the actual publication and if one had to pinpoint a moment of time when the work began, a good guess would be some time in It was in that the eighth Piobaireachd Society book had been completed and published and at that time my father had no thoughts of further Piobaireachd Society books.

I have come to the end of my tether. For one man to have something to say about piobaireachd in these days is enough. Archibald Campbell of Kilberry. That, then, is the background to my story, which is based on letters written by my father, mostly to Alistair Anderson, who was a colleague on the Music Committee with experience in dealing with publishers.

And before referring to the letters it would be well to identify some others whom we encounter in the course of the story. There is J. Grant of Rothiemurchus, the President of the Society. My ambition is to get it into print, chiefly in order to preserve it, because I have been fortunate in my time to have some very good teaching, though minus the chance of sufficient practice in youth to take advantage of that teaching.

I fear that the cost of printing would be very great and no publisher would, I imagine, finance it, though I would give him the thing for nothing. I believe that the preface could interest several people, but the market would, in any case, be very limited. If you have the leisure to look over it, I could send it to you and, if you think it worthwhile, perhaps you might ask Mr Harper for a rough estimate of what it would cost to print. I have tried to make the music a little more abbreviated than the PS books.

I doubt if anything could be done about it just now, but it would be handy to know the sort of thing to expect. I am insuring it in the hope of its escaping mutilation. Will you send me a postcard to say that it has arrived, and then will you give it a detailed examination at your leisure and tell me what you think of it? You will be the first piper to see it. The preface may be criticised as too long for a preface and too short for a book.

I could have got more lore from Sandy Cameron I suppose, but while being with him and with Gillies [John MacDougall Gillies] I was always trying to learn how to play things, and would rather write a treatise on the method of playing a selection of tunes bar by bar, than write a historical descriptive article on the piobaireachd.

I might have scotched more strongly the fairy tale that piobaireachd 1s a very ancient product — that is to say our piobaireachd which we play today. Some of our favourite tunes are known to have been composed after , e. If you could get a rough idea of the cost of printing it would be very kind. My own ambition, inspired by conceit, would be to get into print for the sake of preserving the stuff. I would contemplate printing say, copies, hoping to sell 30 or 40 pretty soon and others by degrees.

The other point of view is, is the book a thing which would stimulate interest in piobaireachd? On this I should like to have your outspoken opinion. If there 1s, there may be a sort of duty to print and publish it. In any case the initial outlay will be considerable, and an ultimate loss pretty certain. I could hardly ask the Piobaireachd Society for assistance, partly because of my own position in the Society, and partly because I would not consent to recasting the book and making it a corporate production instead of an individual production.

I am inclined to think that something of the kind is required: a plain statement about what a piobaireachd is. Personally I played the stuff for years without really knowing what it was. And it cannot be explained without examples and numerous examples. Therefore a dissertation on the nature of piobaireachd would be in the preface of a collection and ought not to be too long, and mine, I fear, is rather long.

However, I should rather like to add a paragraph or two about the way to play piobaireachd. It is the sort of thing that I would like to buy myself, but the number of people interested is far too small for publication to be any better than a hazardous undertaking.

The following are extracts from two letters written in December The estimate is disappointingly large and the feasibility of printing and publishing problematical. It is a pity, for I think that something of the kind is required. However at the present moment there seems to be nothing to do but wait for easier days. Churchill never had all those Punjab hot weathers.


The Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor

Tazragore This edition first came on sale towards the end of Decemberas noted in the Piping Times for that month. On 6 January they confirm an instruction to send copies to J. Rev 02 12 October In edition 4 it is stated that the three previous editions had been published in edition 1edition 2 and edition 3. Printing was reported to be complete in Februarythe total being copies letters, 27 February and 7 March The introduction which has fo footnotes is signed: Title and imprint as 1. Biographical notes on the compiler appear in the Piping TimesJune and May In he acquired further information and has pf a more up to date publishing history and has given the present writer permission to include it in this update. Received 17 March Page 2 of the main text is the reverse side of p 19 of the introduction.


The Kilberry Book of Ceol Mor





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