Guarded enthusiasm

Published: November 30, 2012

Ken Eller reviews the Scots Guards Standard Settings of Pipe Music, Volume III ¨C or “cots Guards 3” ¨C one of the largest print collection of pipe music to be published in 30 years. He takes pipes|drums subscribers through the book’s highlights, and ponders some important questions of copyright and acknowledgment, as well as matters of style and taste. At $75 a pop, this potential Christmas gift is a guarded decision for pipers..

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