Monro's Rant (The)

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MONRO'S RANT, THE. AKA - "Mal ro." AKA and see "Larickille," "Munro's Rant," "Peep o' Day (2)." Scottish, Strathspey. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. John Glen (1891) finds the earliest appearance of the tune in print in Angus Cumming's 1780 collection (p. 15). Although the also found the "earliest appearance" of the melody in Alexander McGlashan's collection (under the title "Larickille") of about the same year. Robert Petrie printed the strathspey as "Peep a Day/Peep o' Day (2)" in his Third Collection (c. 1800). The first strain of "Miss Ross's Reel (2)" is shared with this tune family, although the second strain diverges. Michael Newton, writing in his blog "The Origins of the Strathspey: A Rebuttal" [1] believes the correct Scots Gaelic title of Cumming's "Mal ro" should be "Maol Ruadh."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Aird's 6th and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; p. 15. Cummings (Collection of Strathspeys or Old Highland Reels), 1780; p. 15. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; pp. 158-159.

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