Lady Mary Hayes' Scottish Measure

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LADY MARY HAYES' SCOTTISH MEASURE. AKA - "Lady Mary Hay's Scotch Measure." Scottish, Reel. D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCDD (Hunter, Lerwick): AABCCDD' (Gow). Composed by Nathaniel Gow (1763-1831) a Scottish fiddler, composer, music publisher and bandleader; a son of the famous Niel Gow. There are several persons by the name of Lady Mary Hays that the title may refer to.

The first appearance in print of the term 'Scotch Measure' was in Henry Playford's Collection of Original Scotch-Tunes (London, 1700) with the melody "My Lady Hope's Scotch Measure" and others. 'Scotch Measure' refers to a cut-time dance tune similar to a reel (some say it is an older form of a reel), however having the characteristic three quarter-note pattern in the melody in either the first three or the last three beats of the measure, interspersed with measures comprised mostly of eighth notes. The genre, if indeed it can be distinguished from reels, has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by reels.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 101. Gow (Third Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 1792; p. 27 (3rd ed.). Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 324. Lerwick (The Kilted Fiddler), 1985; p. 16-17.

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