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The Beauties of Niel Gow, Part 1
by Niel Gow & 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

Date: [1819?]

Description:

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.

Notes:

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.

RISM: G3258c

Gore: G11-1

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.

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-Gu Store HF00106
GB-Gu Ca.12-y.41
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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