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Napier's Selection of Dances & Strathspeys
by William Napier



Full title: Napier's Selection of Dances & Strathspeys with new and Appropriate Basses, adapted for the Piano Forte, Harp &c.

Publisher: London: Napier

Printer: Printed for Wm. Napier. Neele Sculp. Strand London.

Date: 1798

Description:

A big book on heavy paper with plenty of space on the page. The titlepage notes that the book was 'Enterd at Stationers Hall.'

Notes:

The basses are unashamedly keyboard-based, with broken chords (slurred), octaves etc. In 'Lord Kelly's Reel' the tune even finds its way into the LH (given also in small notes in the RH). 'Greig's Pipes' has ornaments in RH and various drone-like pedals in LH.

RISM: N38

Gore: N1

Link: British Library

Biographical info: Napier lived c.1740-1812, and died in London. He was a violinist both at Edinburgh's Canongate Theatre, and for Edinburgh Musical Society, before moving to London. (Alburger, 120; Macleod) He played in prestigious bands including the court of George III, and in middle life set up as publisher, later also starting a circulating library. Napier comissioned music from Haydn and was well-connected with other classical composers. (Grove; Baptie)

Location(s):

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Aberdeen University Library
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Birmingham University Library
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Cambridge University Library
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Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
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National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
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Edinburgh City Library
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Edinburgh University Library
GB-Gm
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
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University of Glasgow Library
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Royal Academy of Music, London
GB-Lbl
British Library, London
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Royal College of Music, London
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Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, London
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Manchester Public Library
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Manchester University Library
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Newcastle University Library
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Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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A K Bell Library, Perth
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Saint Andrews University Library
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Sheffield University Library
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National Library of Ireland, Dublin
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Trinity College Dublin

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GB-DUcl 3252
GB-En Glen 379
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