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A 3d. Book of Sixty eight New Reels & Strathspeys
by Robert Mackintosh



Full title: A 3d. Book of Sixty eight New Reels & Strathspey's, Also above forty old Famous Reels for the Violin and Piano Forte, With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord Compiled and Composed by Robert Mackintosh

Publisher: Edinburgh

Printer: J. Hamilton No.24 North Bridge

Date: [1796]

Description:

Note that this third and Mackintosh’s fourth book are both ‘Compiled and Composed by’ rather than simply ‘Composed by’ as before. 76 of the 117 tunes are described as ‘by R. Mackintosh’. Other attributions include J. Macdonald, Mackintosh Jnr., and Mr Mackintyre.
The GB-Gu copy shows signs of having been well used, with grubby thumbprints, inkblots and pen trials added when inserting fingerings.
Many pages carry an individual price of 4d., or 8d. when the music runs over two pages, suggesting that they could be sold separately.
This and other Mackintosh books are available in a collected typeset edition by HMT (Inverness, 2002).

Notes:

Some single-note basslines drop below the cello’s bottom C; the bass for ‘Miss Barbara Hay’s Favourite’ includes Alberti bass, piano octaves, and figures, the only figured bass in Mackintosh’s books. Passing chromaticism in the basses is quite common.

RISM: M61

Gore: MC21

Biographical info: Robert Mackintosh (c.1745-1807, known as "Red Rob") was a fiddler and composer from Tullymet; he worked in Edinburgh and played for the Edinburgh Musical Society; led the band at Gentlemen's Concerts in Aberdeen c.1785-88, and moved to London in 1803. (Alburger). He was said to have taught Nathaniel Gow; Glen believes this must have been in Aberdeen. (Glen 1, xi)

Location(s):

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Aberdeen University Library
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Birmingham University Library
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Cambridge University Library
GB-DUcl
Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
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National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
GB-Ep
Edinburgh City Library
GB-Eu
Edinburgh University Library
GB-Gm
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
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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
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Manchester University Library
GB-NTu
Newcastle University Library
GB-Ob
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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A K Bell Library, Perth
GB-SA
Saint Andrews University Library
GB-SHE
Sheffield University Library
IRL-Dn
National Library of Ireland, Dublin
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Trinity College Dublin

GB-A
GB-DUcl Wighton 7077, 10435, 14699 (dated 1794)
GB-En Inglis 291(3)
GB-Gm M8855 / 786.45
GB-Gu Ca12-x.37
GB-Lbl
GB-Ob
GB-P Bf20