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A Collection of Reels Strathspeys and Slow Tunes
by Alexander Mackay



Full title: A Collection of Reels Strathspeys and Slow Tunes, Arranged for the Piano Forte Chiefly composed by Alexander Mackay Musician Islay. Dedicated by permission to the Right Honble. Lady Elinor Campbell Of Islay and Shawfield.

Publisher: Glasgow Published for the Author by J. Mc.Fadyen 30, Wilson Street

Date: [c.1832]

Description:

This is the earliest example of an island musician compiling his own collection, and includes many tunes by J. Pattison as well as by Mackay.
GB-En copy has pencil notes: 'WM 1822', and 'WM 1832' on p.36.

Notes:

Simple 4-beat basslines in single notes for the most part, but some octaves and dyads near the beginning of the book.
'Mr. Dunn. Campbell Rockside's Reel' (p.8) is a simple but exciting tune using a gapped scale, almost impossible to harmonise.
Many tunes referencing places on Islay: 'The Pier of Bowmore', 'The New Bridge of Lagavuillin', Ballinaby, Ardmore, Ardbeg etc.

Gore: MC16

Biographical info: Alexander Mackay (b.1775) was an Islay fiddler/composer.

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 10497
GB-En Glen 344

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