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A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels
by Niel Gow



Full title: A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels &c for the Piano-Forte, Violin and Violoncello Dedicated to the Most Noble The Marchioness of Tweeddale By Niel Gow at Dunkeld. Entered in Stationers Hall

Publisher: Dunkeld; Edinburgh

Printer: Printed for the author; J. Johnson Scuplt., Edinburgh

Date: [1792?]

Description:

GB-Lbl and GB-Ob hold copies still with the Dunkeld connection; most other copies are sold in Edinburgh and sometimes London.
Ca.11-y.31 is another printing, with the same plates, but an index replaces the subscriber list; there are slight differences to the colophon, now published Edinburgh rather than Dunkeld.
A note from Gow complains of others printing his tunes unattributed and 'in a very incorrect manner'.

Notes:

The content is mostly reels and strathspeys with some jigs and slow airs, some Irish tunes, a hornpipe. Towards the end is 'The Celebrated German Minuet with variations by the late Mr Nisbet', and 'in the Style of an Opera Dance' by Nisbet.
On page 1: 'N.B. The small Notes throughout the Book shows the Chords for the Piano-Forte.'
This third book has more active single-note basslines, and some simple ones, with small notes in the left or right hand. There are some pianistic broken chords, and expression markings.
'Mrs Hamilton of Pincaitlands' has strains 'meant for the Harpd. only'(p.14), whilst 'Mrs Hamilton of Wishaw's' has a harpsichord Alberti bass, some octaves, some Murkys, and a few chords in small notes.

RISM: G3252

Gore: G10-3

Link: IMSLP

Biographical info: Niel Gow (1727-1807), father of the famous Gow family, lived in Inver near Dunkeld. (Glen 2, viii-xiv; Grove; Alburger; Murdoch, 41-48) Gow's fourth son Nathaniel (1763-1831), violinist and Edinburgh publisher, was perhaps the most famous of the siblings; but his brothers William, John and Andrew also traded in music (John and Andrew in London). Nathaniel's son, Niel Junr., lived 1795-1823.

Location(s):

GB-A
Aberdeen University Library
GB-Bu
Birmingham University Library
GB-Cu
Cambridge University Library
GB-DUcl
Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
GB-En
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
GB-Ep
Edinburgh City Library
GB-Eu
Edinburgh University Library
GB-Gm
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
GB-Grc
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
GB-Gu
University of Glasgow Library
GB-Lam
Royal Academy of Music, London
GB-Lbl
British Library, London
GB-Lcm
Royal College of Music, London
GB-Lcs
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, London
GB-Mp
Manchester Public Library
GB-Mr
Manchester University Library
GB-NTu
Newcastle University Library
GB-Ob
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
GB-P
A K Bell Library, Perth
GB-SA
Saint Andrews University Library
GB-SHE
Sheffield University Library
IRL-Dn
National Library of Ireland, Dublin
IRL-Dtc
Trinity College Dublin

GB-A Hend inst Gow t (3rd edition, Purdie, 1825)
GB-A (2 further copies; no shelfmarks)
GB-DUcl 10479 (3rd edition, Purdie)
GB-En Glen 407(3)
GB-Gm M8792 ([1792])
GB-Gm M8797 ([1795?])
GB-Gu Ca12-y.35 (original edition)
GB-Gu Ca12-y.36 (N. & M. Stewart, [1795?])
GB-Gu Ca11-y.31 (Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd, [1804?])
GB-Gu Ca12-y.42 (Gow & Shepherd)
GB-Gu Q.c.9 (Purdie, [1822-1825?])
GB-Lbl g.149(8) (Printed for the Author and to be had of him at Dunkeld, [1792])
GB-Lbl Hirsch M.1467.(1) (N. & M. Stewart, [1795])
GB-Ob Harding Mus.F.124(3) (Printed for the Author and to be had of him at Dunkeld, [1792])
GB-P Af42 (first edition, with subscriber list)
GB-P Af30
GB-P Af4 (reprint, N. & M. Stewart)
GB-SA Finzi Collection 122 (N. & M. Stewart, [1795])