The Beauties of Niel Gow, Part 3
by Niel Gow & Sons
Full title: Part third of The beauties of Niel Gow: being a selection of the most favorite tunes from his first, second and third collections of strathspeys, reels & jigs, chiefly comprising the compositions of Neil Gow and sons; the dances arranged as all of which are adapted for the harp, piano-forte, violin & violoncello respectfully dedicated to the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt, and brought down to the present period by Nathaniel Gow
Publisher: Edinburgh: Nathaniel Gow & Son
Printer: Printed for Nathaniel Gow & Son
An Edinburgh publication, first published by Nathaniel Gow [1819-1822?], subsequently published by Nathaniel Gow & John M. Galbraith, [1826?], then by Alexander Robertson, [1830?]
"2nd edition" is marked on copies both by Gow/Galbraith, and later by Robertson. The GB-Gu Robertson edition copies belonged to Henry Farmer.
Part 3 looks marginally more pianistic than Parts 1 and 2, but that might just be the impression given by the larger engraving. There are occasional variation sets. From p.32 onwards are 'MEDLEYS', all strathspey/reel or jig/reel, one of which is A minor/A major.
The basslines are mostly simple, but with occasional pianism as in 'Bothwell Castle', by Nath. Gow, marked 'Pomposo'. 'Lady Baird's Strathspey' has a 'Piano Forte BASS' and a Violoncello line.
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.
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GB-En MH.38 (2nd edition, Gow & Galbraith? [1826?])
GB-Gu Ca12-y.42 (2nd edition, Gow & Galbraith)
GB-Ca12-y.42 (2nd edition, Robertson)
GB-P Af41 (2nd edition, Robertson)
GB-Grc late 19th century reprint by Charles Jefferys and distributed by Bayley & Ferguson (The Beauties of Niel Gow, being a Collection of 262 of the most celebrated Strathspeys, Reels, & Jigs, adapted for the Pianoforte)
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