Miss Stewart Dempster's Minuet

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X:1 T:Miss Stewart Dempster's Minuet M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Minuet B: Daniel Dow – Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances (c. 1775, p. 13) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/106036449 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F c2|f2c2B2|(3AGF (3Bcd c2|(af)(fc)(df)|c2B2A2|f2c2B2|(3AGF (3Bcd c2| (C<F)(A<F)(B<G)|{B}A2G2 (3FAB|(c>B/2c/4) FAcf|(c>B/2c/4 c)BGg|(3gaf e2d2| c4::c2|[C2G2] GABG|AG F2c2|defdgf|ed c2 f2|cA F2A2|GE C2B2|(3Acf A2G2|F6:|]




MISS STEWART DEMPSTER'S MINUET. Scottish, Minuet (3/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. According to the consultation letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, around the time of the publication of Daniel Dow's "Miss Stewart Dempster's Minuet" (c. 1773-1775) a woman by that name was being treated by Cullen for difficulty breathing and considered by him to be "very delicate" [1]. Whehter or not she was the same person as Dow's title is unknown. There were Dempsters in Kirkaldy, Fife, at the beginning of the 19th century, and the minuet is printed on the page before another minuet named for a Kirkaldy resident, Mrs. Oswald of Dunnikier, so perhaps there is a connection.


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Printed sources : - Daniel Dow (Twenty Minuets and Sixteen Reels or Country Dances), c. 1775; p. 13.






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