Following the article about the musicians' technique, Philippe raised an interesting and precise question about musical expressivity in Breton and Irish traditional fast tunes. An essential component in the performance of slow airs, what then is the expressivity in tunes such as reels, jigs, gavottes, ridées or other fast tunes? The expressive means is a wide topic that could be the subject of a Doctoral thesis. Let us focus on a couple of points, particularly the transposition of expressive tools from one music to another, keeping in mind an essential question: what are we talking about when evoking "musical expressivity"?
Nothing seems to reconcile Glasgow, the economic capital of Scotland, with Edinburgh, political capital of the country. The two main cities of the Scottish belt stare at, tease and respect each other like porcelain dogs that nothing can bring together. Even the M8 – the motorway between the two cities – increases the differences between them: a logical bypass in Edinburgh, an amputation and stretch of the highway straight into the heart of Glasgow. The tone is set: since the first one prides itself for having an old city classified as World heritage for humanity, the official line for Glasgow will be "the most modern city in Europe" thanks to another – but this one infamous – Robert Bruce1 and his city restructuring plan.