On Tue, 27 Jun 2000, Peter Hastings wrote in part:
> However all the crispness is lost in doing either of these (alternate, > easier ways of executing the figure) and so is much of the vigour of the > dance. John Bowie Dickson was a great champion of vigour in strathspeys > (and much else in life, forbye) and I'm sure he wrote exactly what he > wanted to be done. He never wrote a sludgy strathspey in his life.
What a wonderful description of John Bowie Dickson's contribution to
He also believed strongly that, as the reel of four comes from highland
dancing, strathspeys with reels of four should be played faster, as
highland dancing is (but not necessarily as fast as the fastest highland).
Do you observe this distinction? I try to.
Priscilla Burrage Vermont US