Lady Charlotte Murray (2)

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X:1 T:Lady Charlotte Murray's Reel [2] M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion B:MacDonald - A Second Collection of Strathspey Reels (1789) K:D A | d2fd ABAF | GEgf edef | d2fd ABAF | GEAF D/D/D D :| f/g/ | adfd fadf | gfed cdeg | adfd fadf | geaf d/d/d df/g/ | adfd fadf | gfed cdeg | fdAd FdAF | Egfe d/d/d d |]

LADY CHARLOTTE MURRY('S REEL) [2]. AKA and see "Lord James Murray (1)." Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Lady Charlotte Murry's Reel [2]" was composed by Daniel (sometimes Donald) Dow (1732-83), a native of Kirkmichael, Perthshire, who was a professional music teacher in Edinburgh, giving instructions on the guitar as well as other instruments. He died of a fever at the age of 51 and lies in Canongate Churchyard. John Glen (1891) states the tune appears first in print in Dow's c. 1775 collection (p. 23), although also appears early in print in Malcolm MacDonald's 2nd Collection of 1789.

Although not identical, the Gow family's "Lord James Murray (1)" is a cognate tune with the same structure and harmonic underpinning, and with much of the melodic content the same or similar. The composition is credited to Dow's contemporary, Niel Gow (1727-1807), in the Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels (1809).

For more on the person of the title, see Lady Charlotte Murray (1). See also MacDonald's "Lady Charlotte Menzies," composed on her first marriage (1797).

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Glen (Glen Collection of Scottish Music), vol. 1, 1891; p. 28. Lerwick (Kilted Fiddler), 1985; p. 23. MacDonald (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1789; p. 2. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 122.

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