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LORD RAMSAY'S FAVORITE. Scottish, Slow Reel. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Niel Gow, Jr. (c. 1795–1823), the son of fiddler-composer Nathaniel Gow (1763–1831) and the grandson of family scion Niel Gow (1727–1807). While it looks like a reel on paper, Gow directed it be played 'Slowly'. The younger Niel briefly joined his father's music publishing firm and was showing great promise as a talented performer and composer before his untimely death. His father collected and published his son's compositions in a Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels, being the Posthumous Compositions of the late Niel Gow, Junior, dedicated to the Right Honourable, the Earl of Dalhousie, by his much obliged servant, Nathaniel Gow (Edinburgh, 1837).

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (Kitchen Musician No. 20: A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 9. Gore (Echoes of a Golden Age), 2008. Gow (Collection of Airs, Reels & Strathspeys), 1837; p. 2.

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