General McBean's Strathspey

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X:1 % T:General McBean's Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey B:Gow & Shepherd - Collection of entirely original strathspey, reels, marches, quicksteps etc. (1797, p. 7) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A a|e<cTB>c A>EE>F|A>A Tc>B c2 ca|e<cTB>c A>EE>F| A>A c>B A2A:|e/f/4g/4|a2 e<a e>ae>c|a>ee>c' b>d'Tc'>b| A2 e>a e>ae>c|B>ATG>F F<A A2 {efg}|a2 e>a e>ae>c| a>ee>c' b>d'Tc'>b|c'/>e' b>c' a>b f>a|c>e F>E F<A A||



GENERAL McBEAN'S STRATHSPEY. Scottish, Strathspey (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The strathspey was published by the Edinburgh music publishing firm of Nathaniel Gow and William Shepherd in a volume entitled A Collection of Entirely Original Strathspey Reels, Marches, Quick Steps &c. (1796, p. 7), "by Ladies resident in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland, as corrected by Nath. Gow." Unfortunately, the composers names are not given. The Leeds antiquarian Frank Kidson (1854–1926) penciled a note in his copy of the volume that the composers were, or included, “the Misses Whyte,” and modern researcher Charles Gore thinks “the Misses Whyte” may possibly be a Miss White and a Miss Brocky, of Morayshire, east Highlands.

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