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First Book of Niel Gow's Reels, 2d edition
by Niel Gow



Full title: First Book of Niel Gow's Reels, 2d edition with considerable additions and valuable alterations

Publisher: Edinburgh, Gow & Son's [sic]

Printer: Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd at their Music Shop, No.16 Princes Street; John Gow, No.31 Carnaby Street, Golden Square, London

Seller: Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd at their Music Shop, No.16 Princes Street; John Gow, No.31 Carnaby Street, Golden Square, London

Edition: 2d edition with considerable additions and valuable alterations

Date: 1801

Description:

The title of the first edition is A Collection of Strathspey Reels.

Notes:

The basslines in this second edition are more active, and display a wider variety of styles - a comparison of 'Lamentation for [James Moray of] Abercarney' shows a huge change in musical character from the text of the first edition, in both tune and bass.
Many of the alterations seem to have been made in order to make the music more suited to the piano: scordatura notation has been replaced, and the harmonic language made more functional and directional.

Pages: 36 p

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 33 x 24.5

RISM: G3242

Gore: G10

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 SB f 7864 Gow fi (2 copies)
GB-Bu M1746
GB-Eu Scott Stud Lib
GB-Lbl h.830.g.(1.)
GB-NTu RB781.50857941 GOW

'3rd edition, with considerable additions and valuable alterations' (Edinburgh: Purdie [1820-1837]):
GB-Ducl 10479
GB-Lbl h.830.a.(1.)
GB-Gu Q.c.9
GB-En Mus.41(1)