There is a Forward written, and signed, by Yehudi Menuhin.
From the Blurb;
"Fiddle music is back in the limelight again.
It seems extraordinary that nearly a hundred years have past since the last major collection of Scottish fiddle music appeared. In fact this reflects the decline in interest following the social upheavals of the first half of this century [20th Century] - but in the past decade there have been a dramatic resurgence of interest.
James Hunter`s book will therefore be welcomed as the most comprehensive collection of Scottish fiddle music ever published.
All the major composers are represented here - including Gows, Marshall, Fraser, Milne, Mackintosh, Dow and Murdoch - and of course the finest work of James Scott Skinner and other modern composers appears for the first time in such an anthology.
The number of tunes collected is astonishing. 365 in all - slow airs, marches, jigs and pastorals.
But this is much more than a definitive collection of tunes. James Hunter`s introduction traces the history of the fiddle and if the fiddle music from earlier origins through the last three formative centuries. To this he has added a section on the specialised bowing techniques which give Scottish fiddle music some of its unique quality.
His notes on many of the pieces cast fascinating sidelights: on the tunes themselves and on people, places, events - often enlivened by anecdote. Together they provide an intriguing social commentary.
The Fiddle Music of Scotland will obviously appeal to fiddlers everywhere, to violinist (Yehudi Menuhin is a self-confessed devotee) and to everyone - expert and amateur alike - who loves good music, especially music which is truly reflects the social scene of the time."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket.