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A Collection of Highland Strathspey Reels
by John McFadyen



Full title: A Collection of Highland Strathspey Reels Selected from the Best Authors with a Bass for the Violoncello or Harp[sichor]d

Publisher: Glasgow: J. McFadyen

Printer: Printed and Sold by J.McFadyen [replacing name of previous publisher, according to Kidson]

Date: [1802]

Description:

Despite the title, most of the Highland Strathspey Reels are towards the back of the book: the repertoire is much more varied than this, and includes some variation sets, jigs, country dances. Slow tunes are arranged for two violins and bass, or varied, but not fast ones.
GB-P copy has slightly different title, and spelling MacFadyen: "Collection of Highland Strathspey Reels [...] with a bass for the violoncello or harp. Dedicated to Miss Campbell of Shawfield. Glasgow, 1802."

Notes:

Comparing GB-Gm copies of this and McFadyen's Repository, 'Miss Admiral Gordon's Reel' has the same variations, with tiny rhythmic differences and a simpler bassline - other tunes common to both books also have simpler basses here.
The basslines are mostly single note, some repetitive four-beat, and many other figurations. 'The Bonniest Lass in a the Warld' appears with the bassline from McGibbon.

Gore: MC7-1

Biographical info: John McFadyen senior fl. in Wilson Street, Glasgow, c.1790-1817 as music seller/publisher, taking over some of Aird's plates. SBTI does not list him as early as 1800, but traces his business as late as 1844. The business was continued by sons Joseph and John. (Kidson, SBTI, Humphries & Smith)

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-DU
GB-Gm M8750 / 786.45
GB-P Bf34
GB-P Bf25 (pp.3-4 only)

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