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The Burns Encyclopedia
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Scott, Francis George (1880-1958)

Scottish composer, born in Hawick. Roxburghshire, son of a supplier of mill-engineering parts. Educated at Hawick, and at the universities of Edinburgh and Durham, he studied composition under Roger-Ducasse. In 1925, he became Lecturer in Music at Jordanhill Training College for Teachers, Glasgow, a post he held for more than twenty-five years.

He wrote more than three hundred songs, including many settings of Burns's poems. He believed that the strophic treatment, inevitable where folk-settings are employed, ignores the drama so often implied by Burns's lyrics. Because of the strong folk-element in his own nevertheless thoroughly contemporary style, his best settings give the impression of arising out of a long tradition of Scottish art-music which does not, in fact, exist. He succeeded in providing superb versions even of such masterpieces among the original Burns marryings of music and verse as 'The Red, Red Rose' and 'Of a' the airts'.

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