Annotation:Duchess of Manchester's Strathspey (3)

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X:1 T:Duchess of Manchester's Strathspey [3], The M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Gow - 3rd Repository (1806) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F C|F<F F>F A>FAc|d<f c>A {A}G2 G>A|F<F F>F A>FAc|d>f c>A F2F:| |:c|f>g ag a/g/f/d/ cf|d<f c>A {A}G2 G>c|f>g ag a/g/f/d/ cf|d>f c>A {A}F2F:| |:A|CF A,F C>F Bd|c<A F>A {A}G2 G>A|CF A,F C>F Bd|c<A f<A F2F:| c|f>g {fg}a>g a/g/f/d/ cf|~c>d ~f>a g2 g>a|f>g {fg}a>g a/g/f/d/ c>f|d<f c>A {A}F2 F>c| f>g {fg}a>g a/g/f/d/ c>f|c>d fa g2 g f/g/|a>f (a/g/)f/e/ f>c d<f|~c>B A>G F2F||

DUCHESS OF MANCHESTER('S STRATHSPEY) [3]. AKA and see "Duchess of Bedford," "Lady Georgina Gordon's Strathspey." Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). F Major (Gow, Surenne): G Major (Robbins). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AABB (Robbins): AABBCCDDD (Gow). The tune appeared in Gow's Repository, Part Third, 1806, but was first published as "Lady Georgina Gordon's Strathspey" in Marshall's First Collection (1781). Gow's title is odd, since it was Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon’s daughter Susan, and not Georgianna, who married William Montegue, the 5th Duke of Manchester to become Duchess (in October, 1793). Susan was described as a 'wayward girl' who later ran off with one of the footmen. She left her husband ten years later, with her conduct being described as "most notoriously bad" (Moyra Cowie, The Life and Times of William Marshall, 1999). "Duchess of Bedford" is a reel-time setting of the melody.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 425. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 3, 1806; p. 30. Robbins Music Corp. (The Robbins collection of 200 jigs, reels and country dances), New York, 1933; No. 196, p. 63. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 156-157.

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