[A Collection of Strathspeys]
by Alexander Campbell
Full title: [A Collection of Strathspeys]
Publisher: Edinburgh: Stewart & Co.
Untitled, containing strathspeys, jigs and reels, and a hornpipe.
Campbell published this little collection about 15 years before his own tune-collecting expedition to the Hebrides.
p.2 includes strathspey, ‘Revd Mr Patrick McDonald of Kilmore’, author of A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs.
Campbell provides simple basslines with occasional passages of chords. The strathspey, 'Vale of Keppoch' is written in AEAE scordatura on the top stave of three, with double stops, and the tune only is given on the middle stave.
Biographical info: Campbell lived 1764-1824. Born in Tombea, near Callander, and strongly aware of his Highland identity, he spent most of his life in Edinburgh. He was a one-time medical student, an organist, composer, song-collector, writer about Scottish literature, poet, and farmer. Had reason to be grateful for having been Sir Walter Scott's music tutor, for the latter put work his way when Campbell fell upon hard times. (McAulay, Alburger)
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GB-En Glen 348 (15)
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