Annotation:Miss Corbett's Reel

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X:1 T:Miss Corbet’s Reel M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B:James Aird – Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 B:(Glasgow, 1797, No. 21, p. 8) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|D/D/D FD ADFD|E=cGc EccE|D/D/D FD ADFD|BdAd FDD:| g|fdag fddf|e=cgf ecce|fdag fdec|dBAd FDDg| fdag fddf|e=cgf ecce|dfeg fagb|afge fdd||

MISS CORBETT('S REEL). AKA and see "New Demense (1) (The)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Aird, Cole, O’Neill, Ryan): AAB (Kennedy). This 'double-tonic' tune is a variant of the “College Grove (The)” family of tunes, of which there are several excellent Irish cognates. O’Neill prints the tune in his Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922) and gives his source as Glasgow musician James Aird's Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5 (1797). A version of the tune was also entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection (vol. 4, p. 51) of County Cork Church of Ireland cleric and uilleann piper biography:James Goodman. Fr. John Quinn also suggests a comparison with the Cape Breton "Duncan MacQuarrie Strathspey (A)."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 5), 1797; p. 8 (appears as “Miss Corbet's Reel”). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; pg. 13. Kennedy (Fiddler's Tune-Book: Reels & Rants, Flings & Fancies), 1977; No. 130, p. 31. MacGlashan (A Collection of Strathspey Reels for the Piano Forte, Violin, or German Flute), 1796. O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 202. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 36.

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