Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday, 4 May 2015

A Gentle Reminder from Allan Ramsay's Gentle Shepherd

A reference query today brought three bound copies together which have long been separated on the shelves.  We have a score, a draft programme, and a script for Robert Kemp's 1949 abridged version of Allan Ramsay's pastoral comedy, which was performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in August and September that year.

The music for the adaptation was by Cedric Thorpe Davie, a musicologist who for many years was Professor of Music at the University of St Andrews.  Indeed, the University Library there has extensive holdings of Davie's output.  Nonetheless, it is nice to know that we, too, have copies of this particular work, which was an outstanding part of poet Allan Ramsay's legacy to Scottish literature.

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