The Ancient Curious Collection of Scotland
by Nathaniel Gow
Full title: The Ancient Curious Collection of Scotland Consisting of Genuine Scotch Tunes With their Original Variations Now For the First Time Arranged With Basses Throughout (Each Tune with its Variations forming a destinct Lesson.) for the Piano Forte or Harp, Violin and Violoncello. Dedicated to Sir Walter Scott Bart. To whose Indefatigable researches Scotland is Indebted for the recovery of her most Interesting Antiquities; by Nathaniel Gow
Publisher: Edinburgh: Nathaniel Gow & Son
The collections contains sets of piano variations. Some of the writing is quite elaborate, if harmonically unadventurous, and the top line is often based on earlier sources, especially Bremner's Curious Collection.
The reference to the 'Interesting Antiquities' relates to Walter Scott's recovery of the 'Honours of Scotland' (Crown Jewels) in Edinburgh Castle in 1818, for which he received a baronetcy in March 1820, becoming Sir Walter Scott.
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-En Glen 403
GB-Ob Tyson Mus. 1142 (9)
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