Brig o' Perth (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Brig o’ Perth [1], The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Milne – Middleton’s Selection of Strathspeys, Reels &c. for the Violin (1870, p. 22) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A c|(A>c)(e>=g) (f>d)(e>c)|(A>c)(e>g) (a>e)c2|(A>c)(e>=g) (f>d)(e>c)|(d>B)(=G>f) g>d [GB]:| z|A>a g<a e<a A<a|A<Ac>e (a>e) c2|A>a g<a e<a c>e|g>a (3gfe d>G B2| A>a g<a e<a c<a|A<Ac>e (a>=g)f>g|(a>f) (g>e) (f>d) (e>c)|d/c?B/A/ =G>f g>d [GB]|]

BRIG O' PERTH [1], THE. Scottish, Strathspey or Highland Schottische. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr): AAB (Honeyman, Martin, Skinner). Composed by Donald Dow, an Edinburgh composer and music teacher who lived from 1732 to 1783, perhaps most famous as the composer of "Money Musk." Dow published a collection of Scots tunes called Thirty-seven new reels and strathspeys (1775) which appears to be the first collection to include the word "strathspey" in its title. His family is known to have stayed in Strathardle and his son (John Dow) was born "at Kirkmichael. Dow, whose first name has been given as Daniel or Donald (both acceptable translations for the Gaelic 'Domhnull') was buried in the Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh on January 20th, 1783. In the opinion of Mr. Troup of Ballater (as cited by David Baptie in Musical Scotland, Past and Present, 1894, p. 46) "The Brig o' Perth" is among the dozen or so of Dow's best compositions.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Honeyman (Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor), 1898; p. 20 (Strathspey). Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 1; No. 17, p. 20 (Highland Schottische). Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 22. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 103.

Recorded sources : - Topic 12TS266, John Grant - "The Caledonian Companion" (1975).

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