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Printed Edition
Composer:Burns, Robert & Traditional
Publisher Ref:WW-020-SX4
A complex and fun arrangement of this lively Robbie Burns tune.

Price: £12.00 £9.00
Arranger:Levey, Hugh
Skill Level:D
Year of Issue:2022
ISMN:none specified
ISBN:none specified
The Deil's awa' wi' the Exciseman was written by Robert Burns in 1792. It is written in his native Scots tongue and tells the tale of the devil fiddling through the town and dancing away with the exciseman (tax collector). This brings much delight and rejoicing, because the locals can brew their beer and distil their whisky without having to pay any tax. The arrangement begins with the soprano and baritone playing the tune and bass line, almost exactly as they appeared in The Scots Musical Museum, published by James Johnson & Co in six volumes between 1787 and 1803. The other instruments all get the opportunity to play the melodic line in the ensuing 5 verses, as the arrangement gets more complex and fun. The arranger makes great use of the tritone or ''devil''s interval'' as it is often known because of its unsettling presence. However, in this arrangement it merely adds to the fun and excitement.

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