Dutchess of Manchester’s Favorite (The)

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X:1 T:Dutchess of Manchester’s Favorite, The C:Robert Mackintosh M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig Q:"Moderato" B:Robert Mackintosh – “A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels” (1804, p. 1) N:Dedicated to the Dutchess [sic] of Manchester N:Robert “Red Rob” Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) was a Scottish violinist and N:composer active in Edinburgh at the end of the 18th century. Originally from N:Tullymet, near Pitlochry, Perthshire. He moved to London in the last decade N:of his life. Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Bb ~d3 cfc|B3 AdF|GAB cde|dcB AGF| {^cde}B3 AdF|Ged cBA|[D3F3B3] [D3F3B3]:| |:{^cde}d3 fdB|{=Bcd}c3 fcA|d=ef gab|agf =edc| a3 gc’g|{=efg}f3 ec’c|dba gf=e|[A3c3f3]!fermata![A2c2f2]z| {^cde}d3 cfc|{ABc}B3 AdF|GAB cde|dcB AGF| ~d2a ~c2f|~B2g A2F|Ged cBA|[D3F3B3][D3F3B3]:| P:Variations |:{^cde}d3 c/=B/c/=e/f/c/|{ABc}B3 (B/A/)(c/B/)(d/F/)|G>AB .c.d.e|dcB AGF| d/B/d/f/b c/A/c/f/a|B/G/B/=e/g/B/ A/F/A/c/f/A/|Ged cBA|[D3F3B3][D3F3B3]:| |:{^cde}d3 f/d/B/b/f/d/|Tc/=B/c/d/c/=e/ f/c/A/a/f/c/|(d/^c/)(=e/d/)(f/e/) (g/^f/)(a/g/)(b/a/)|gaf =edc| Ta/g/a/c’/a/c’/ T(g/^f/)g/c’/g/c’/|Tf/=e/f/a/g/f/ edc|dba gf=e|[A3c3f3]!fermata![A2c2f2]z| {^cde}d3 c/=B/c/=e/f/c/|{ABc}B3 (B/A/)(c/B/)(d/F/)|G(B/A/)(c/B/) cde|dcB AGF| z{d}B/d/f/b/B/ z{c}A/c/f/a/A/|z/{B}G/B/=e/g/B/ A/F/A/c/f/A/|G/e/G/B/e/d/ cBA|[D3F3B3][D3F3B3]:|



DUTCHESS OF MANCHESTER'S FAVORITE, THE. Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "The Dutchess of Manchester's Favorite" was composed by Edinburgh fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh (c. 1745-1808) and was printed in his Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels (c. 1804). The first strain is shared with Andrew and John Gow's "Corelli Reviv'd," but the second strains differ.

The Duchess of Manchester was Lady Susan (1774-1828), third daughter of Alexander Gordon, the 4th Duke (1743-1827), and his first wife, Jane (née Maxwell), Duchess of Gordon. Susan departed the family estate in 1793 to marry William Montague, 5th Duke of Manchester. The Duke was notoriously unfaithful, and, when he left to become Governor of Jamaica in 1808 she remained in Britain. She took the bold step of falling in love with a footman, causing a notorious scandal and a separation from the Duke. She received a settlement, but was ostracized from polite society afterwards.


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Printed sources : - Robert Mackintosh (A Fourth Collection of New Strathspey Reels, also some Famous old Reels), 1804; p. 1.






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