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Thirty New Strathspey Reels &c.
by Abraham Macintosh



Full title: Thirty New Strathspey Reels &c. With a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord Composed by Abrm. Macintosh.

Publisher: Edinburgh: A.Macintosh

Printer: Printed for the Author

Date: [c.1792]

Description:

This collection includes reels, strathspeys, jigs, hornpipes, and a few slow tunes. Macintosh engraved it himself, but his credit was removed from the Watlen edition!
The book includes early examples of strathspey-reel and strathspey-jig pairings.

Notes:

The basslines range from the simplest of repetitive four-beat patterns to a variety of fluent developments of this, with some chromaticism. Confident handling of two-part writing when required, not unlike Robert Mackintosh in places.
Chords are used in some jigs, and he uses the fiddle G string more than most. Tunes with binary tonality tend to have the simplest basses. One 2/4 strathspey has bassline chords in the first strain, and a single line in the second.

RISM:

Gore: MC13

Biographical info: Abraham Macintosh was born in Edinburgh in 1769, the son of "Red Rob" Mackintosh or Macintosh. He went to Newcastle upon Tyne in England in 1797. He was a fiddler/composer. (Glen 1, xiv, refers to 'Mackintosh') As a point of interest, he engraved Brysson's Curious Selection of Favourite Tunes c.1791. (Kidson)

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 (1st edition)
GB-A (later edition 'Sold by theAuthor & by John Watlen at his Music Ware House No.34 North Bridge Street')
GB-En Glen 303
GB-Lbl ([c.1795])
GB-P Be7

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