A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels
by Niel Gow
Full title: A Third Collection of Strathspey Reels &c for the Piano-Forte, Violin and Violoncello Dedicated to the Most Noble The Marchioness of Tweeddale By Niel Gow at Dunkeld. Entered in Stationers Hall
Publisher: Dunkeld; Edinburgh
Printer: Printed for the author; J. Johnson Scuplt., Edinburgh
GB-Lbl and GB-Ob hold copies still with the Dunkeld connection; most other copies are sold in Edinburgh and sometimes London.
Ca.11-y.31 is another printing, with the same plates, but an index replaces the subscriber list; there are slight differences to the colophon, now published Edinburgh rather than Dunkeld.
A note from Gow complains of others printing his tunes unattributed and 'in a very incorrect manner'.
The content is mostly reels and strathspeys with some jigs and slow airs, some Irish tunes, a hornpipe. Towards the end is 'The Celebrated German Minuet with variations by the late Mr Nisbet', and 'in the Style of an Opera Dance' by Nisbet.
On page 1: 'N.B. The small Notes throughout the Book shows the Chords for the Piano-Forte.'
This third book has more active single-note basslines, and some simple ones, with small notes in the left or right hand. There are some pianistic broken chords, and expression markings.
'Mrs Hamilton of Pincaitlands' has strains 'meant for the Harpd. only'(p.14), whilst 'Mrs Hamilton of Wishaw's' has a harpsichord Alberti bass, some octaves, some Murkys, and a few chords in small notes.
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-A Hend inst Gow t (3rd edition, Purdie, 1825)
GB-A (2 further copies; no shelfmarks)
GB-DUcl 10479 (3rd edition, Purdie)
GB-En Glen 407(3)
GB-Gm M8792 ()
GB-Gm M8797 ([1795?])
GB-Gu Ca12-y.35 (original edition)
GB-Gu Ca12-y.36 (N. & M. Stewart, [1795?])
GB-Gu Ca11-y.31 (Edinburgh: Gow & Shepherd, [1804?])
GB-Gu Ca12-y.42 (Gow & Shepherd)
GB-Gu Q.c.9 (Purdie, [1822-1825?])
GB-Lbl g.149(8) (Printed for the Author and to be had of him at Dunkeld, )
GB-Lbl Hirsch M.1467.(1) (N. & M. Stewart, )
GB-Ob Harding Mus.F.124(3) (Printed for the Author and to be had of him at Dunkeld, )
GB-P Af42 (first edition, with subscriber list)
GB-P Af4 (reprint, N. & M. Stewart)
GB-SA Finzi Collection 122 (N. & M. Stewart, )
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