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A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs
by Patrick McDonald



Full title: A collection of Highland vocal airs, never hitherto published: To which are added a few of the most lively country dances or reels, of the North Highlands, & Western Isles: and some specimens of bagpipe music. By Patrick Mc Donald

Publisher: Edinburgh : Printed for the publisher

Printer: Printed for the publisher

Date: [1784]

Description:

Collected by McDonald's brother, Joseph, the manuscript was retrieved by Sir John Murray MacGregor in Bengal. The book has an extensive subscriber list, and is dedicated to the Highland Society in London.
The preface and basslines are almost definitely by Walter Young (see McAulay, Chapter 1), whilst the Essay/dissertation 'Of the Influence of Poetry and Music upon the Highlanders' is by Ramsay of Ochtertyre.

Notes:

Some tunes are given without basses, and there is discussion of this in Preface, p.5-6. There are some elegant single line basses, some broken octaves, and other more pianistic figuration. The fiddle pibroch at the end is written in scordatura.

RISM: M15

Gore: MC5

Biographical info: Patrick McDonald (1729-1824), was born in Durness of a musical clergyman's family, educated at University of Aberdeen, and was minister of Kilmore for 69 years. (Glen 1, xi-xii; McAulay) His brother Joseph McDonald (1739-1763) died in India.

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
GB-Cu
GB-DUcl 7075
GB-En Inglis 157, etc
GB-Ep (RISM)
GB-Eu
GB-Gm M8192 / 784.4941
GB-Gu Ca12-x.53 (Henry Farmer's copy)
GB-Lbl
GB-Ob
GB-P Af35
GB-P Af5
GB-SA 160 Finzi
GB-SHE

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