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A Collection of Reels
by Alexander McGlashan



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Publisher

Edinburgh, Alexander McGlashan

Printer

Neil Stewart

Seller

Edinburgh, Neil Stewart (Neil Stewart's Music Shop), Parliament Square

Edition

[1st]

Date

1786

Library

Glasgow University Library (GB-Gu)

Shelfmark

Ca9-y.7

Description

This is McGlashan's third book.

Notes

The book opens with variations on 'Macpherson's Lament', with a moving quaver bassline, then returns to the 4-beat repetitive basslines familiar from A Collection of Strathspey Reels. Seven of the first eight tunes (and many more later) are credited to William Marshall, but with more systematic and simple basslines than those in Marshall's own publications. The other tunes not given a simple bassline are 'Captain Oakhain' (described as 'A favourite Irish Tune' - actually Turlough Carolan's 'Captain O'Cane'); 'Sweet is the Lass that dwells Among the Heather' (a bassline mostly in quavers); and on p.40 'Hamilton Races' (a fluid jig bassline), 'The German Spaw' (a semiquaver Alberti bass), and 'Beds of Roses' (a variety of patterns and lines). 'Dunkeld House' is given in ae'a'e'' scordatura. There are some simple variations 'For the Harpsichord' on 'Miss Nancy Campbell's Reel'; and some left-hand chords in 'Miss Wellwoods Fancy', but still basically repetitive 4-beat bass patterns.

Pages

46 p

Orientation

Landscape

Dimensions

25 x 33

RISM

M41

Gore

MC9

Biographical info

Alexander 'King McGlashan' (c.1740-1797) was leader in the band of the Edinburgh Assemblies, according to a sales description pasted into a GB-Gu copy. He was described as an editor, violinist, composer and teacher (Baptie; Alburger); and was a popular recitalist, and a teacher of Nathaniel Gow (Glen 1, x). Gore uses the spelling 'MacGlashan'.

Other locations

GB-A In SB f786221 Pas
GB-DUcl 31956
GB-En Glen 236(2)
GB-En Inglis 184(2)
GB-Gm M9850 / 786.45
GB-Lbl GB-Lbl
GB-P Be10
GB-P O7 (contains pp.45-48 only)
GB-P O11 (Douglas notes this as 2nd edition)