Minuet for Lord Stanley

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MINUET FOR LORD STANLEY. Scottish, Minuet (3/4 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was written in 1774 by Thomas Alexander Erskine, Viscount Fenton, Sixth Earl of Kelly/Kellie, born at Kellie Castle in the East Neuk of Fife in 1732 and familiarly known as "Fiddler Tam". Erskine was one of the preeminent composers in Scotland in his era, rivaled only by foreign composers in residence in the country. Purser (Scotland's Music, 1992) says: "This is an extremely lively piece, suitable for a twenty-two year old aristocrat given to horse-racing and cock-fighting and, like Kelly, fond of his pleasures."

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