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A Collection of New Strathspey Reels & Country Dances
by John Clark


Copy details


Publisher

Perth, John Clark

Printer

Anderson

Seller

Perth, Anderson Music Seller

Edition

[1st]

Date

[1795?]

Library

Glasgow University Library (GB-Gu)

Shelfmark

Ca12-x.40

Description

This collection displays charmingly naïve engraving and typeface. Gore, Wighton database suggest publication date of 1795, Douglas 1798.

Notes

The collection has strong local connections: it is dedicated to the Music Society of Perth, and includes tunes for Clark's family, Anderson's music shop, and Mrs William Marshall. Roughly half of the reels have an almost identical formulaic bassline for the first strain. Basslines are all single note repetitive lines, with some broken chords for 6/8. John Anderson published tunes by John Carr, to be found in GB-En Glen 348; those tunes have similar stock basslines (especially at cadences), so perhaps the basslines of both collections are by Anderson.

Pages

21 p

Orientation

Landscape

Dimensions

32 x 23

Gore

C21

Biographical info

Probably not the same John Clark (born 1740) who compiled Flores Musicae and had it published in Edinburgh in 1773. Clark's publisher, Anderson, had a music shop in Perth but there could be a connection with the 19th century music engraver John Anderson who was apprenticed to 'James Johnston' (probably James Johnson).

Other locations

GB-Ducl 10465
GB-En Glen 260
GB-P Be43