John Anderson's Auldest Daughter

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JOHN ANDERSON'S ELDEST/AULDEST DAUGHTER. Scottish, Quickstep or Slow Air (2/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The air is un-attributed in the Gow manuscript (1792). It was adapted for the Samuel Arnold's English popular opera Peeping Tom of Coventry (1784) in the song "Pretty Maud," and by the composer Andreozzi for the grand march and sacrifice in his oper La Virgine del Sole (1809). The title perhaps refers to John Anderson (1737-1808), who published two collections (the first of which he dedicated to the gentlemen of the Musical Society of Greenock) in the late 18th century, although there was also a John Anderson who had a music warehouse in Perth from about 1793 to 1798. Little is known about either. There was also an Anderson who was associated with James Johnson the engraver, afterwards as a partner of the firm of Walker & Anderson, engravers.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), vol. 4, 1796; No. 71, p. 29. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 570 (listed as a quickstep). Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 3rd ed., originally 1792; p. 36. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; p. 60 (there catagorized as a strathspey).

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