Preston's Selection of the most favourite Country-Dances, Reels, &c
by John and Thomas Preston
Full title: Preston's Selection of the most favourite Country-Dances, Reels, &c. with their Proper Figures for the Harp, Harpsichord or Violin; as performed at Court, Bath, and all Grand Assemblies.
Printer: Preston & Son
Scottish tunes were also included in Preston's 1785 cello tutor.
A mix of bassline styles: lots of Alberti, Murkys, and oscillating dyads. The most obviously Scottish tunes have four-beat basslines (except for one): 'Countess of Sutherland's Reel' has a mostly 4-beat bassline with dyads and some development (and a typo).
Biographical info: Father and son, John and Thomas Preston, traded as London publishers c.1789-98, first at 97, The Strand, and subsequently other London addresses. They bought Bremner's plates in 1789, and Thomas later bought plates of Skillern the elder, H. Wright, & Wilkinson and Co.
- 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
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- Newcastle University Library
- Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
- A K Bell Library, Perth
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- National Library of Ireland, Dublin
- Trinity College Dublin
GB-Gm M8889 (in ink: Book 3; pencil: after 1800)
GB-Gm M8888 / 786.45 (Second selection)
GB-Lbl (Second selection)
This source has not been digitised.