Miss Eliza Low's High Dance

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X:1 T:Miss Eliza Low’s High Dance M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig Q:”Andante” N:Play AABBCCBB. B:Archibald Duff – A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c. B:Book First (Edinburgh, c. 1812, p. 19) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/105810922 N:Archibald Duff (c. 1770-c. 1840?) was a musician (along with his brother Charles) and dancing N:master, of Montrose and Aberdeen, and is recorded as being a Professor of Music residing at N:Clayills Cottage, Aberdeen in 1837. N:The volume is dedicated to Lady Mary Ramsay of Balmain Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Eb B|B>cB (ed).c|(cB)B B2A|Gbe BGE|GFF F2B| B>cB e>dc|cB.B B2A|Gbe G>AF|E3 E2:| |:f|geB GEg|fdB FDf|{f}e2d {d}c2B|=ABc (F2{_AGF}E)| .D.F.B .E.G.c|.F.B.d =.A.c.e|d>ed c>Bc|BBB B2:| |:B,|E>.E-E E2F|G<.G.G G2A|B>cB BAG|(GF).F F2B,| E<E-E E2F|G<.G-G G2A|B>cA G>AF|E<.E-.E E2:|]

MISS ELIZA LOW'S HIGH DANCE. Scottish, Jig and Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). E Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. A "High Dance" was a new term for solo dancing in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Note contrast between Low (the person) and High (the dance). The title also refers to what was probably a dance choreographed by Montrose and Aberdeen dancing master and musician Archibald Duff, that probably includes the tune following "Miss Eliza..." in his c. 1812 volume, "Allemand (8)." The dance is lost, but may have been a soft shoe, ballet-like dance.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Archibald Duff (A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c., Book First), Edinburgh, c. 1812; p. 19.

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