Air-Edel Launches Digital Sheet Music Store
In celebration of Burns’ Night 2023, Air-Edel Associates, the long-established music production agency, launches a new digital sheet music store today, January 25th 2023. The first release will be the sheet music of the studio album Robert Burns – Love Songs for Solo Piano, by renowned film composer Patrick Doyle, which was released on the Besant Hall label. The collection of settings feature some of Scotland’s National Bard’s most beloved works, arranged and composed by Patrick, and will be available for both intermediate and advanced players either as individual pieces or as a full collection.
“I have always loved the songs of Robert Burns. He was born in 1759 and died at the age of 40, worn out by a hard life as a farmer. Despite his humble origins, he achieved great success as a poet in Scotland where his own light shone during the Scottish age of enlightenment. He dedicated the last seven years of his life mainly to writing the lyrics for over two hundred traditional Scottish melodies. He was a great humanitarian and critic of the class divide and his songs’ appeal meant his fame eventually spread to all of the world touching the hearts of millions of people, many of whom today have no idea that Auld Lang Syne was penned by this great Scottish genius.
My earliest memories were listening to my father, my mother and my grandmother sing his songs at regular family house parties. Each had beautiful natural voices. My grandmother sang ‘The Lea Rig’ which is my favourite Burns song. I am fortunate to have a recording of her singing this song as she sang and spoke in auld Scots. Her interpretation was handed down from the time of Burns in the 18th century, as he would have heard it then, via the Scottish vocal folk tradition. The vocal line in this recording, with its embellishments and grace notes, are a direct transcript of what was sung by my grandmother. I wanted to create an album with piano arrangements of the songs inspired by my memories of accompanying my family.” – Patrick Doyle.