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A Collection of Strathspey Reels Gigg's &c.
by Charles Stewart



Full title: A Collection of Strathspey Reels Gigg's &c. With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord, Dedicated by Permission to the Right Honourable Lady Mary Hay by Chas. Stewart Musician to Mr. Strange.

Publisher: Edinburgh: C. Stewart

Printer: Edinburgh : Printed for the Author

Date: [1799-1801?]

Description:

The book contains a diversity of Edinburgh dance music, in the sequence Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Minuets, Others.
On GB-Gu copy titlepage in pencil '[1799]; c.1801' and in ink 'Ann Bell 1808.' The titlepage also advertises Stewart's other collection: 'NB. A few New HORNPIPES, MINUETS & COTILIONS, by the most Esteemed Composers.'

Notes:

There are sequences (4, 4 and 3) of numbered hornpipes, 'treeble' (?), 'double' (9/8) and 'single' (3/2, notated as 6/4), followed by a sequence of minuets.
Treeble is most probably a method of triple-stepping hornpipe. (Flett). 'High Dance' (a double hornpipe danced by children between minuets, and 'Quick Step', both by Charles Stewart, have broken chord/Alberti basses.
The collection includes at least one uncredited Robert Mackintosh tune, with a slightly different bass from Mackintosh's version, and 'The Fox By Mr. Mc.Intosh Junr.'

RISM: S6364

Gore: S11-1

Biographical info: Fiddler and composer Charles Stewart was possibly the musician in Leith Wynd (Edinburgh), 1794-96, and definitely in Todrick's Wynd, 1800-01. Stewart was Edinburgh dancing teacher David Strange's assistant in 1802, and by the end of 1803 was describing himself as Strange's successor. Stewart taught classes, gave an annual ball, and by 1805 advertised his 'First Book of Minuets, High Dances, Cottillions, etc, etc', as used by his late master, Mr Strange. Stewart was leader and repetiteur of Edinburgh's Theatre Royal Orchestra. He suffered ill-health from c.1811 (a benefit ball was held in 1812) and died in 1818. DOB unknown. See Glen 2, xvii-xviii.

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 Ste s
GB-DUcl 10456
GB-En Glen 287(1)
GB-Ep (info from RISM)
GB-Gu Ca12-x.41
GB-P Be51