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The Vocal Melodies of Scotland
by Nathaniel Gow



Full title: The vocal melodies of Scotland dedicated to His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry; arranged for the piano forte or harp, violin & violoncello, by Nathaniel Gow.

Publisher: Edinburgh: Nathaniel Gow & Son, [ca 1810-1820];

Printer: Printed for and sold by Nathaniel Gow & Son

Date: [1810-1820?]

Description:

Published in two volumes by Gow & Son (Nathaniel & Niel Junr., who died 1823), and subsequently published in two volumes by Gow & Galbraith from 1823, and in two volumes by Alexander Robertson c.1827. A rare second edition by Robertson extended to three volumes c.1830.

Notes:

This collection simply contains the melodies, without words, and the arrangements are often reminiscent of mid-eighteenth century tune books. The opening text on aiming for 'Conformity in the playing of these Beautiful Simple Airs' is rather undermined by the fussy version of 'The Flowers of the Forest' under it. Some accompaniments are 'by the immortal HAYDN.', and several are printed on three staves. Only one tune in the book is not marked 'slow' or 'slowly', as in Barsanti Collection of old Scots Tunes. The exception is 'The Collier's Daughter', marked 'lively'. In vol.2 'The Blue Bell of Scotland' is marked 'Modern', 'Fairly Shot of Her' has extensive violin and piano variations, and the only tune not marked 'Slow', 'Slowly', or 'Very Slow', is 'The Murray's March', which is 'Bold'. Vol.3 has a new engraver and seems much more pianistic: there are many more pianistic figurations in small notes in this final volume, and also more faster tunes.

from page 1: "From the marked approbation with which the Public honoured Niel Gow and Sons’ Editions of Strathspeys and Reels, in adopting their Setts as Standard, the Editor is induced to hope that the following Collection of our Original Native Melodies may be favourably received, and should it have, even in any degree, the effect of producing a Conformity in the playing of these Beautiful Simple Airs, he will be amply repaid for his small share of trouble."

Gore: G9

Link: IMSLP

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.

Location(s):

GB-A
Aberdeen University Library
GB-Bu
Birmingham University Library
GB-Cu
Cambridge University Library
GB-DUcl
Dundee Central Library (Wighton Collection)
GB-En
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
GB-Ep
Edinburgh City Library
GB-Eu
Edinburgh University Library
GB-Gm
Mitchell Library, Glasgow
GB-Grc
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow
GB-Gu
University of Glasgow Library
GB-Lam
Royal Academy of Music, London
GB-Lbl
British Library, London
GB-Lcm
Royal College of Music, London
GB-Lcs
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, Cecil Sharp House, London
GB-Mp
Manchester Public Library
GB-Mr
Manchester University Library
GB-NTu
Newcastle University Library
GB-Ob
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
GB-P
A K Bell Library, Perth
GB-SA
Saint Andrews University Library
GB-SHE
Sheffield University Library
IRL-Dn
National Library of Ireland, Dublin
IRL-Dtc
Trinity College Dublin

GB-DUcl 92466
GB-Ducl 10484
GB-Gu (10 copies representing all imprints)
GB-Lbl h.830.i (Robertson's 2nd edition vols.1-3)
and further copies elsewhere

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