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The Airs & Melodies peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles
by Simon Fraser



Full title: The Airs & Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles, Communicated in an Original, Pleasing, & Familiar Style; Having the lively Airs introduced as Medleys, to form a Sequence to each slower Movement; With an admired plain Harmony, for the Piano Forte, Harp, Organ, or Violoncello, Intended rather to preserve Simplicity, than load with Embellishment; Edited by Captn. S: Fraser, And Chiefly acquired, during the Interesting Period from 1715 to 1745, through the Authentic Source narrated in the Accompanying Prospectus.

Publisher: Edinburgh: the Editor, No.3 Parliament Square

Printer: for the Editor

Date: 1816

Description:

This is an important source of Gaelic material, and contains extensive paratextual material: a letter and Prospectus at the beginning, and an Appendix of notes at the end, including a long statement about the fishing industry from Simon Fraser.
The 1874 edition was published by Hugh Mackenzie in Inverness, and contains many revisions, including some (posthumously) from Fraser's son Angus, the editor William MacKay jnr, and some arrangements by George Croal of Edinburgh.
NB Both 1874 and 1814 editions available via IMSLP.

Notes:

Accompaniment patterns are those familiar from other publications. The basslines, mostly single notes, are simple, and sometimes follow the tunes in near-unison. Some broken chords are marked, 'This Bass will chord in pairs if the Performer chuses.' The original edition includes dynamics, crescendos etc., but expression terms are in English.
Modern readers will query whether the settings of the tunes can be said 'rather to preserve Simplicity than load with Embellishment'; See McAulay, Chapter 1.

Gore: F2-2

Link: IMSLP 1874 edition

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

GB-DUcl 14684
GB-En Inglis 203
GB-En Mus.D.l.11 (1874 edition)
GB-En MH.174 (1874 edition)
GB-Eu (manuscript originals, inc. proposed vol.2 by Fraser's son Angus)
GB-Gm M8981 / 786.48
GB-Gu (original edition, and recent reprint)
GB-P Af9
GB-P Af16
GB-SA Finzi Collection no.98
and further UK locations