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A Collection of Strathspey Reels
by William Marshall


Copy details


Publisher

Edinburgh, Neil Stewart

Printer

Printed for Neil Stewart

Seller

Printed for Neil Stewart and sold at his music shop in Parliament Square. Price 2/6.

Edition

[1st]

Date

1781

Library

A K Bell Library, Perth (GB-P)

Shelfmark

Be6

Description

Marshall's first collection. He followed this 12 page volume with another bearing the same titlepage, of just 4 pages, dated as 1793 according to the HMT edition of 2007. GB-En Glen 386 has both bound together; so too does GB-A Hend inst Cum c; these are rare examples of the later 4-page edition.

Notes

Very simple basslines. 'The Illumination 9th. Febry. 1781' commemorates the bonfires in Edinburgh to celebrate the acquittal from charges of treason of the Duke of Gordon's brother, Lord George Gordon. In Marshall's Scottish Airs it is renamed 'The Fochaber's Rant'. The basslines in the later, 4-page edition are simple, but make considerably more use of dyads and chords than in the first volume.

Copy notes

Handwritten contents page at front of book.

Pages

12 p

Orientation

Landscape

Dimensions

23.5 x 33.5

RISM

M747

Gore

M4

Biographical info

Marshall (1748-1833) was a fiddler and composer, born in Fochabers, employed as house steward to the Duke of Gordon. (Glen 2, v-vii; Alburger; Bulloch; Cowie)

Other locations

GB-A Hend inst Cum c (12+4 p, bound with Cumming, A collection of strathspey or old Highland reels)
GB-Cu MR360.a.75.32
GB-DUcl Wighton 31961
GB-En Glen 386 (not listed online; 12+4 p.)
GB-Gm M8856/786.45
GB-Gu Ca9-y.6
GB-Lbl e.283.l.(5.)
US-Nf (4pp.)
US-Wc (4pp.)