Music: The Scots Are Calling

Nobody knows exactly how long ago the bagpipe was invented. In one incarnation it was known in Tutankhamen's Egypt and Plato's Greece. Nero had a passion for it. Its unnerving drones and belligerent skirls have been known to stir men's blood, their brains and, according to Shakespeare, their bladders.* It has led men into battle and lulled them to sleep. Last week it was the star attraction, when the Regimental Band, Massed Pipers, Drummers and Dancers of Her Majesty's Scots Guards made their first visit to Manhattan on a nine-week North American tour.

At Madison Square Garden, the purple spotlights came on...

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