A Collection of Scots Reels Minuets &c.
by John Riddell
Full title: A Collection of Scots Reels Minuets &c. For the Violin, Harpsichord, or German Flute
Printer: James Aird
Seller: Jas. Aird's Music Shop in New Street
2nd 'Greatly improved' edition published in Glasgow; more extensive than 1st edition published in Ayr. 'Entered in Stationers Hall'. Neither edition has an original index.
It begins with a sequence of minuets, one for two violins; after these, the contents are mostly reels, some in jig time.
The minuet basslines are elegant and interesting; those for reels and strathspeys are generally repeated crotchets. An isolated minuet-type tune 'The Troon House' has a more baroque bassline.
The basslines have been substantially simplified for the 2nd edition, with many features removed, and more repetition in earlier sections of strains. The spelling of names in tune titles often differs between editions.
A few tunes also appear transposed for the German Flute, with no basses. 'The Highway to Coilsfield' includes bowing, and has its 1st edition bassline replaced with a repeated drone.
Note that Gore indexes the 2nd edition, but cites the title from the 1st edition.
Pages: 60 p
Dimensions: 17.5 x 25.5
Link: transcriptions by HMT
Biographical info: John Riddell (1718-95) was a fiddler and composer of reels and a couple of songs, associated with Ayr. He was described as 'musician' in the parish death register, and may have been blind. (Glen 1, viii-ix)
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