New Scotch Music
by George Jenkins
Full title: New Scotch Music [Prince of Wales feathers] Consisting of Slow Airs, Strathspeys, Quick Reels,Country Dances, and a Medley on a New Plan. with a Bass for a Violoncello or Harpsichord Dedicated by Permission to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Composed by George Jenkins, Teacher of Scotch Dancing. In 3 Pts.
Publisher: London: George Jenkins
A London publication with a suitably impressive subscriber list, including 20 copies to Niel Gow, 20 to John, 20 to Andrew and 12 to Nathaniel. There are many dedicated pieces, and evidently an association with the Highland Society.
GB-En copy has bound in 'The Prince of Wales medley', 'Jenkins's compliment to Dr Haydn', and 'Haydn's Strathspey', all by Jenkins.
The collection features single note basslines, with many stock bass patterns (particularly in the first two bars).
This is a comparatively early London example of Scottish dance music, mostly reels and strathspeys.
'Haydn's Strathspey' is almost the same as 'Lady Cathcart's Strathspey' on p13.
Biographical info: George Jenkins (c.1760-c.1806) was a London teacher of 'Scotch dancing'; the publication of his earliest work in Edinburgh by Brysson c.1789-90 suggests he had left Scotland by 1794. He was friendly with the Gow family, and possibly came from Perthshire. (Alburger, 62) Further works include Eighteen Airs for two violins and a bass (London: For the Author, c.1785; Edinburgh: Brysson, c.1790), and reports of another title, Thirty Highland Airs (London, 1791) (Glen 2, xvi; Baptie)
- Aberdeen University Library
- Birmingham University Library
- Cambridge University Library
- Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
- National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
- Edinburgh City Library
- Edinburgh University Library
- Mitchell Library, Glasgow
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
- University of Glasgow Library
- Royal Academy of Music, London
- British Library, London
- Royal College of Music, London
- Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, London
- Manchester Public Library
- Manchester University Library
- Newcastle University Library
- Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
- A K Bell Library, Perth
- Saint Andrews University Library
- Sheffield University Library
- National Library of Ireland, Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin
GB-DUcl 10491 (69 p)
GB-En Glen 381 (53, [ii] p)
GB-Gm M7884 / 786.45
GB-Ob (53, [ii] p)
This source has not been digitised.