A Choice Selection of Reels and Strathspeys
by Niel Gow & William Marshall
Full title: A Choice Selection of Reels and Strathspeys from the works of Gow & Marshall and the most popular Country Dances, with portrait of Niel Gow
Publisher: Edinburgh: Alexander Robertson
A Choice Selection ran to many editions (GB-Gu has the 21st edition [1860?]). By this stage it was published in Glasgow as well as in Edinburgh.
The owner of the later GB-Gu copy (C.B.??) has included angry remarks in ink about the notation of The Fyket (too many sharps in key signature), and notes about the scale/mode in nearly every tune. The library catalogue describes this copy as 'with additions and cancellations'.
This collection contains many favourite traditional tunes, besides a couple of Gow and Marshall compositions. The original basslines seem to have survived from the earlier sources.
Biographical info: Niel Gow (1727-1807), father of the famous Gow family, lived in Inver near Dunkeld. (Glen 2, viii-xiv; Grove; Alburger; Murdoch, 41-48) Gow's fourth son Nathaniel (1763-1831), violinist and Edinburgh publisher, was perhaps the most famous of the siblings; but his brothers William, John and Andrew also traded in music (John and Andrew in London). Nathaniel's son, Niel Junr., lived 1795-1823.
- 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 7072 3rd edition, [n.d.]
GB-En MH.42 (under 'Gow': this copy from the J. Murdoch Henderson collection is thought to be the first edition)
GB-Gu Q.d.37 (contains copies from [1855?] and 21st edition of [1860?])
GB-Grc Special Collection M20 D/169300 [1849?]
GB-Lbl h.725.r (12) 4th edition [1850?]
This source has not been digitised.