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X:1 T:Air [39] N:2nd figure of Duff’s “Pas Seul [11]” M:C L:1/8 Q”Slow” B:Archibald Duff – A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c. B:Book First (Edinburgh, c. 1812, p. 22) B: N:Archibald Duff (c. 1770-c. 1840?) was a musician (along with his brother Charles) and dancing N:master, of Montrose and Aberdeen, and is recorded as being a Professor of Music residing at N:Clayills Cottage, Aberdeen in 1837. N:The volume is dedicated to Lady Mary Ramsay of Balmain Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A c>B|(A>GA)F A2 (G>F)|(E>C)(E>F) E2 (c>B)|A>GA.F E2 (F/G/A/B/)|c>d (c/B/A/)(c/4B/4) A3|| E|(A>B)(cd) e3f|f>e (c>A) B3E|(A>B)(cd) e3a|e2 (c>A) {c}B3E| (A>B)(cd) e3f|(f/e/d/c/) a>c {c}!fermata!B2 c>B|(A<GA).F E2 (F/G/A/B/)|c>d (c/B/)(e/G/) A3||

AIR [39]. Scottish, Slow Air (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "Air [39]" forms the second figure of Montrose and Aberdeen dancing master and musician biography:Archibald Duff's "Pas Seul (11)", a suite of tunes presumably choreographed by Duff as a showcase for his female dance students (and himself). Pas seul means 'solo dance', and Duff arranged a number of these suites in his c. 1812 collection, along with the names of his students. In this case, "Pas Seul (11)" was for "Miss Helen Hadden."

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Printed sources : - Archibald Duff (A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c., Book First), Edinburgh, c. 1812; p. 22.

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