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A Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances
by John Bowie



Full title: A Collection of Strathspey Reels & Country Dances &c., with a bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord, dedicated (By Permission) to the Right Honourable The Countess of Kinnoul

Publisher: Edinburgh, John Bowie

Printer: James Johnson

Seller: Edinburgh, Stewart & Co, Corri & Sutherland, R. Ross, J. Bryson, & all the Music Sellers in Town & Country

Edition: [1st]

Date: 1789

Description:

The collection beings with six country dances, and dance instructions, for 2 violins and bass. After the strathspeys and reels , there are sections of Irish tunes and 'Ancient Music' from the Highlands at the end, 'composed either for Religious Worship, or on Heroic Subjects'.
Keith Sanger's notes on the harp tunes are at http://www.wirestrungharp.com/library/bowie_john.html
Many musicians appear in the subscriber list, including Niel Gow and Robert Mackintosh.
Farmer suggested the first edition is from 1789.

Notes:

There is a tendency towards melodic flowing basslines; some tunes later in the book have pianistic chords, and one has bass figures.

Pages: 35 p

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 34 x 24.5

RISM:

Gore: B11

Biographical info: John Bowie (1759-1815) was a Perth musician and composer of dance tunes from 1785, commencing as a music-seller in 1803, in partnership with T. Hill. Bowie and his brother, piano-teacher Peter Bowie, gave annual balls. (Glen 1, xii-xiii)

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 Per 200 Zei
GB-En Glen 265
GB-Gm M8700/786.45
GB-Lbl g.934.d(7)
GB-Lcs R180 (microfilm of GB-Lbl copy)
GB-P Be40
GB-DUcl H.10459 (reprint: Stewart & Co. [1789-92], includes subscriber list)
GB-Lbl g.229.q(1) (reprint: Stewart & Co. [1789-92])
GB-Gu Ca12-x.57 (reprint: Stewart & Co. [1789-92], pencil note from Henry Farmer: "It may have been published as late as 1792.")