Lady Margaret Lindsay's Minuet

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LADY MARGARET LINDSAY'S MINUET. Scottish, Minuet (3/4 time). This and a companion tune ("Lady Anne Lindsay's Minuet") were composed by the Thomas Alexander Erskine (1732-1781), 6th Earl of Kelly, around 1768 for the Duke of Balcarres' daughters, then aged 17 and 15. Lord Kelly was one of the foremost Scottish composers of the 18th century. The usual practice of naming such tunes was from musician to patron, but Johnson (1983) points out that Kelly was an aristocrat himself who having a private income had no need of patronage. In addition he was a neighbor and second cousin to the girls, thus the tune was written, as were other of his minuets, "for friends for fun" (p. 150).

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