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X:1 T:Andromeda, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig B:John Bowie – “Collection of strathspey reels & country dances &c.” B:(Edinburgh, c. 1789, p. 28-29) F: Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D V:1 (d/e/f)d B2d|AFG A2B|ABA Ade|f3 gfe|(d/e/f)d B2d|AFG A2B| A2g (fg)e|d3D3::d3 {fg}a2f|b2g afd|d3 {fg}a2f|g2e bge| d>ef/g/ a2f|b2g afd|fdB Ade|f3 gfe|[G2B2][GB][G2B2]d|[F2A2][FA][F2A2]B| ABA Ade|f3 gfe|[G2B2][GB][G2B2]d|[F2A2][FA][F2A2]B|A2g fge|d3 D3:| V:2 clef = bass D,3 G,B,G,|D3F,B,G,|C,3 F,2G,|D3 A,3|D,3 G,B,G,|DD,E, F,D,G,| F,D,E, D,A,A,,|D,A,,F,, D,,3::D,F,A, D,F,D,|G,F,E, F,3|D,F,A, F,E,D,|E,F,G, E,3| F,2E, F,E,D,|E,G,E, F,3|D3 F,2G,|D,A,F, E,2A,,|G,,2G, G,2G,,|D,2D D,2G,| F,3C,3|D,F,D, E,2A,|G,2G, E,2G,|D,2D D,2G,|F,D,G, A,2A,,|D,F,A, D,3:|

THE ANDROMEDA, WITH VARIATIONS. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCDEEF. The tune was first published in John Bowie's Collection of strathspey reels & country dances &c. (Edinburgh, c. 1789, p. 28-29), without composer credit. It next appeared in the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c. (1797, p. 19), "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given and remained anonymous in the Gow & Shepherd issue. However, Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the Gow & Shepherd volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brocky, of Morayshire, east Highlands.

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Printed sources : - John Bowie (Collection of strathspey reels & country dances &c.), Edinburgh, c. 1789, pp. 28-29.

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