Miss Coxe (2)

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MISS COXE [2]. AKA – “Miss Cox.” Scottish, "Slowish" Strathspey. E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is attributed by Nathaniel Gow to Scots musician and dancing master Duncan MacIntyre (who also composed "Miss Cox's Favourite). MacIntyre taught Scottish dancing from his residence at 22 Great Marlborough Street, London, towards the end of the 18th century and published in that city a collection of Scottish tunes in 1794 (A Collection of Slow Airs, Reels and Strathspeys). He reportedly journeyed to India around the year 1806 as master of ceremonies to the governor general’s court, but there his trail ends. His cause and date of death is unknown. Gow (1809) gives credit to “Mr. MacIntyre” in the Fifth Collection (1809). James Hunter (1979), however, gives composer credit to "Mrs. MacIntyre," and says she was one of the many dilettantes 'Ladies resident in the Highlands of Scotland' who contributed to the Gow collections. Several female composers are represented in the Gow collections, but it is unknown where Hunter derived his information.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 40, p. 63 (appears as "Miss Coxe's Strathspey"). Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 143. Gow (Fifth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1809; p. 22. Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 184. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 270.

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