Theorising Scottish Musical Structure
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This chapter examines some of the key analytical frameworks and concepts that have dominated the discourse surrounding the Scottishness of Scottish traditional music, and some of the models that are now possible in increasingly mass-mediated and commercial social contexts, which can help us to understand Scotland musically. The eighteenth-century Scottish fiddler and collector Finlay Dun was really the first to identify the double tonic as an essential property of Scottish music. Cultural evolutionism based upon the assumption that all cultures were progressing along a linear evolution towards Western culture and society as represented as the highest form of socio-cultural evolution. The two key models for understanding orally-transmitted traditional songs and tunes that have emerged are tune family analysis and the ethnomusicological concept of mode. The ethnomusicological concept of mode offers an analytical framework whose fundamental principles are drawn from inside the tradition under study, but that relate those principles to oral musical traditions from other cultures around the world.