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A Collection of Reels
by Alexander McGlashan



Full title: A Collection of Reels, Consisting chiefly of Strathspeys, Athole Reels &c. with a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord

Publisher: Edinburgh, Alexander McGlashan

Printer: Neil Stewart

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

Edition: [1st]

Date: 1786

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'.

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-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)