Annotation:Duchess of Gordon (2) (The)

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X:1 T:Dutchess of Gordon’s Reel T:Duchess of Gordon [2] M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B: B: Neil Stewart – Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & B:Marches, vol. 1 (Edinburgh, 1788, No. 115, p. 55) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D B|A<DA>F A<DD<d|A<DA>F E<GG<B|A<DA>d B>dA>B|A<FA>g f<dd:| f|d<AF<A D<Ad>B|A<DA>F E<ee<f|d<AF<A E<AD>f|d<BA>F A<dd<f| d<AF<A D<Ad>B|A<DA>F E>gTf>e|f<ae<f d>BA>F|A<Bd>e f<dd||

DUCHESS OF GORDON [2], THE. Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Aird, Athole, McGlashan, Skye): AABB' (Kerr). Composed by Donald/biography:Daniel Dow (1732-1783), first appearing in his c. 1775 collection (p. 1). Dow's name is sometimes given as Daniel. In the opinion of Mr. Troup of Ballater (as cited by David Baptie in Musical Scotland, Past and Present, 1894, p. 46) "The Duchess of Gordon" is among the dozen or so of Dow's best compositions. The Gows set the tune in the key of 'E' major and slightly altered the second strain (for which see "Duchess of Gordon (3) (The)"). See also some similarities in "Double Kisses" and "Tartan Plaid (2)," particularly in the first strain.

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Printed sources : - Aird (Aird's Sixth and Last Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 34, p. 14. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 393. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 137, p. 17. Joseph Lowe (Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, book 2), 1844–1845; p. 6. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 66. McGlashan (A Collection of Reels), c. 1786; pp. 18-19 (appears as "The Dutches of Gordon's Reel"). Neil Stewart (Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & Marches, vol. 1) Edinburgh, 1788; No. 115, p. 55. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 106.

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