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A Collection of Strathspey Reels &c.
by Archibald Duff None



Full title: A Collection of Strathspey Reels &c for the Piano Forte Violin and Violoncello Dedicated by kind permission to Lady Carnegie of Southesk by Archd. Duff Dancing Master. Entered in Stationers Hall

Publisher: Edinburgh: Archibald Duff

Printer: For the author

Date: [1794]

Description:

The GB-En copy has a subscriber list, with lots of musicians and 11 dancing masters. Many subscribers were local to Arbroath, Buckie, Brechin, Montrose, Forfar, Coupar Angus, but they also include John Alexander, surgeon, Jamaica. John Watlen bought 20 copies to sell in Edinburgh, John Anderson in Perth only two. An additional short list of subscribers has been pasted in.
Although the book claims to have been entered at Stationers' Hall, it is unlisted there.

Notes:

Besides strathspey reels, there are 2/4 hornpipes, 'John McIntosh's Maggot', a 'Rant', 'Raecheal Rea's Rant', a 'Scotch Measure', and 'A New Madrigall', Valtzes, Allemandes, some Minuets and Marches, and 'Lang Life to Neil Gow'. 'Miss Guthrie of Guthrie's Strathspey' has some variations. 'The High-Way to Linton' appears exactly in its modern form. There is one apparently Gaelic title: 'Ha! Bidager MacHomaise', coming after 'Oshian's Hall'. The basses are mostly very simple, with some definite keyboard traits: broken chords, low B flats, and occasional octaves and chords.' 'Miss Carnegie of Southesk's Hornpipe' is given in 6/4 instead of 3/2.

RISM: D3657

Gore: D15-1

Biographical info: Archibald Duff was born c.1770, perhaps in Aberdeen (Baptie). Duff was a dancing master in Montrose, and seems to have been the leading dance teacher in Aberdeen after Peacock's death in 1807, until c.1820. Archibald and his brother Charles offered various musical services in the area south of Aberdeen. (Alburger, 90) He was said to have conducted the Philharmonic Society in Aberdeen. (Glen 2, xvi) He was still alive in 1837, being listed as Professor of Music residing at Clayhills Cottage, Aberdeen in Pigot & Co's 1837 Directory.

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 10474
GB-En Glen 269
GB-Ep

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