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DOCTOR HAYDN. Scottish, Strathspey. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One Part. The tune is attributed by Nathaniel Gow to Scots musician and dancing master Duncan McIntyre (born c. 1765). McIntyre taught Scottish dancing from his residence at 22 Great Marlborough Street, London, towards the end of the 18th century and published in that city a collection of Scottish tunes in 1796 (A Collection of Slow Airs, Reels and Strathspeys). He reportedly journeyed to India around the year 1806 as master of ceremonies to the governor general's court, but there his trail ends. His cause and date of death is unknown. Prominent classical-period composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) resided in London for two periods: 1791-1792 and 1794-1795), where he concertized to great acclaim. Contemporary music historian Charles Burney (1726-1814) wrote in his memoirs: "Haydn himself presided at the piano-forte; and the sight of that renowned composer so electrified the audience, as to excite an attention and a pleasure superior to any that had ever been caused by instrumental music in England."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 35. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; pp. 26-27.

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