Review of:- James Porter, Beyond Fingal’s Cave: Ossian in the Musical Imagination (University of Rochester Press, 2019)

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James Porter is equally a scholar of James Macpherson the poet, of contemporary
Celtic music and culture, and a musicologist of considerable standing.
A leading expert, he has written extensively about Macpherson’s Ossian
poems and the very complex issues of authenticity and origins.
In the present monograph, he applies his astute, analytical mind to address
the influence that ‘Ossian’ exerted upon composers, from around 1780 to
pretty much the present day, with the latest musical work being one that James
Macmillan published in 2013...


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 31 Dec 2020

Author keywords

  • Ossian;, Cultural history, Musicology, James Macpherson