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A Collection of Scotch Galwegian & Border Tunes
by Capt. Robert Riddell



Full title: A Collection of Scotch Galwegian & Border Tunes for the Violin and Piano Forte, With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord Selected by Robert Riddell of Glenriddell Esqr.

Publisher: Edinburgh

Printer: Edinburgh: Printed & Sold by Johnson & Co. Music Sellers Lawn Market...." Edin.

Date: [1794]

Description:

37 pages of music are preceded by four pages of introductory notes: the first about previous publications, distinguishing Airs, Songs, Reels and Tunes, and then three pages on the tunes themselves.
The GB-En titlepage has 'No.1', with the number inserted in ink.

Notes:

Mostly variation sets, with a few reels and jigs. Some scordatura pieces, some deliberately without basses. The Ley Rigg (spelt Lee Rigg in the book) 'This set I never saw in print, as it is on the Scordatura, no Bass was necessary' (p. iv). Almost every piece has an Italian tempo marking.

RISM: R1375

Gore: R6-2

Link: Images of the GB-En copy hosted on the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory's website by Ross Anderson. He notes, 'This is believed to have been Nathaniel Gow's copy (from the handwriting on the Squire Dacre page).'

Biographical info: Captain Robert Riddell of Glenriddel (c.1745-94) was an antiquarian, composer, gentleman amateur, and friend of Robert Burns. Glen echoed Edinburgh librarian David Laing in asserting that Riddell wasn't very musical and that the 'reels and other dances which the Editor has seen ... have little or no merit.' (Glen 1, xii) Alburger describes his Collection of Scotch Galwegian and Border Tunes as 'useful', but echoes Glen regarding Riddell's own compositions. (Alburger, 139-41)

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 Rid s
GB-DUcl 10449
GB-En Glen 351