THE STATION TRIO
Overture,' Prince Charlie Volti
DOLLY ROBERTSON (Contralto)
NOT till near the end of the eighteenth century was any serious attempt made to write down the old melodies of the Highlands and Islands. About 1760 the Rev. Patrick MaeDonald and his brother made a collection of airs which they published and, though they probably differed a great deal in their written form from the traditional way in which they had been sung for countless generations, they still held much of the wild simple beauty which no other music has in quite the same degree.
Since the MacDonalds' day, many collections have appeared, and one of the most notable was a volume published in 1876 by the Gaelic Society of London. In our own time Mrs. Kennedy Fraser has done very valuable work in rescuing and trans-scribing many of the tunes which would soon have been lost and forgotten but for her enthusiasm. No one can tell at this date how near her arrangements come to the genuine original forms, but they do observe to a remarkable degree what we have grown to regard as the spirit of Hebridean music.
From the NEW SAVOY PICTURE HOUSE
MARGARET BARRETT will sing
S.B. from Edinburgh