The Beauties of Niel Gow, Part 1
by Gow, Niel & Sons
Full title: Part First of The Beauties of Niel Gow: being a selection of the most favorite tunes from his first, second and third collections of strathspeys, reels & jigs, chiefly comprising the compositions of Neil Gow and sons; the dances arranged as all of which are adapted for the harp, piano-forte, violin & violoncello respectfully dedicated to the Noblemen and Gentlemen of the Caledonian Hunt, and brought down to the present period by Nathaniel Gow
Publisher: Edinburgh: Nathaniel Gow & Son
Printer: Printed for Nathaniel Gow & Son
An Edinburgh publication, first published by Nathaniel Gow [1819-1822?], subsequently published by Nathaniel Gow & John M. Galbraith, [1826?], then by Alexander Robertson [1830?].
"2nd edition" is marked on copies both by Gow/Galbraith, and later by Robertson. The GB-Gu Robertson edition copies belonged to Henry Farmer.
In the first edition, Part 1 starts with 'Lamentation for Jas. Moray Esqr. of Abercarney [Abercairney]'. We also find 'Auld Lang Syne from Sir Alexander Don’s Strathspey' (from the opera Rosina by Shield); and 'Tail Toddle' with minore section added by a named composer, with a different style of bass.
In the second edition published by Robertson (but not the Gow/Galbraith second edition), the first part still starts with 'Lamentation for […] Abercarney'. The only alteration in this piece between the first and second editions of Part 1 is the addition of two slurs in bar 5, for consistency with bar 1.
Biographical info: Niel Gow (1727-1807), father of the famous Gow family, lived in Inver near Dunkeld. (Glen 2, viii-xiv; Grove; Alburger; Murdoch, 41-48) Gow's fourth son Nathaniel (1763-1831), violinist and Edinburgh publisher, was perhaps the most famous of the siblings; but his brothers William, John and Andrew also traded in music (John and Andrew in London). Nathaniel's son, Niel Junr., lived 1795-1823.
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GB-Gu Store HF00106
GB-En MH.38 (2nd edition, Galbraith? [1826?])
GB-P Af41 (2nd edition, Robertson)
GB-Gu Ca.12-y.43 (2nd edition Robertson)
GB-Grc (reprint by Charles Jefferys [late 19th century] and distributed by Bayley & Ferguson: The Beauties of Niel Gow, being a Collection of 262 of the most celebrated Strathspeys, Reels, & Jigs, adapted for the Pianoforte)
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