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X:1 T:Melvil House M:C L:1/8 R:Slow Air S:John & Andrew Gow - A Fourth Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels (c. 1795) K:C c4 c4|c2 BA G4|f4 e2d2|e2g2 a4| g3a g2 fe|fdec A4|G4 A2c2|{e}Td4 c2:| |:c>d|e2e2e2 dc|f4 f2 c>d|e2e2e2 d>c|d4 d2 c>d| e2e2e2 d>c|dcde (dfed)|c3A G3A|TcBcd (cd)(ed)| c4c4|c2 BA G4|f4 e2d2|e2g2 a4| g3a g2fe|fdec A4|G4 A2c2|{e}Td4 c2:|



MELVIL HOUSE. AKA and see "Black Mary." Scottish, Air (whole time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. "Melvil House" was printed in John and Andrew Gow's A Fourth Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels (London, c. 1795), reprinted by John c. 1804. Andrew (1760-1803) and younger brother John (1764-1826) were the sons (along with Nathaniel and William) of Perthshire fiddler-composer Niel Gow Sr. (1727-1807). Departing from the family publishing concerns in Edinburgh, they established their own publishing firm in London in 1788, and, among other ventures, were the English distributors for the Gow family musical publications. In other of their publications the Gows printed the air under the title "<incipit title="load:black" width=850 link="https://tunearch.org/wiki/Black Mary">Black Mary</incipit>," calling it a 'very old Gaelic air'.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - John Gow (A Favorite Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels), London, c. 1804; p. 32. S. Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 27.

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