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Thirty Highland Airs, Strathspeys, &c.
by Simon Fraser



Full title: Thirty Highland Airs, Strathspeys, &cc. With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord. Consisting Chiefly of Tunes entirely New With a Few Old Tunes never before Published. Selected and Composed by Mr. S. F****r

Publisher: Edinburgh: Simon Fraser

Printer: G Walker, Sculp:

Date: [1795]

Description:

From GB-En copy, note on titlepage: 'The Publisher never intended these Tunes for the Press. But having some time ago given his first Manuscript of them in order to get Basses made, neither the Basses nor the Manuscript have yet been returned; which gives him reason to suspect, that they were kept with a view of Publishing them under a fictitious name, & with wrong names to the Tunes. He was therefore advised to prevent that, by making a second Manuscript of them for Publication, adding his Name to the Tunes composed by himself, & securing them in Stationers Hall, which he has accordingly done.'
The GB-En copy has pencil numbers beside many tunes [relating to items in Airs and Melodies?].

Notes:

This collection contains well-chosen tunes, sometimes with a contextual descriptor, eg: No.8, 'Mi'm'shuidh an deridh Bata A favourite highland Air'; No.18, 'The Society's Favourite, An Old Strathspey'; No.30, 'Callum Fidhdair, A very old Reel'. 24 of the 30 tunes are marked as composed by Fraser.
The basslines are generally simple and use single notes, repeated octaves, and broken chords, particularly in 6/8 and slow tunes. One tune has a slightly more elegant continuo-like bass ('N'Eacaig, a Highland Air', marked Slow).

Gore: F2-1

Biographical info: Captain Simon Fraser (1773-1852) was compiler, editor and composer of Gaelic airs which Fraser said came from his father and grandfather. (Alburger; ODNB; Baptie)

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

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