Mr. Gordon of Hallhead’s Strathspey

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X:1 T:Mr. Gordon of Hallhead’s Strathspey M:C L:1/8 R:Strathspey S:Marshall – 1822 Collection Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G>DB,>D G/F/E/D/ B,D|G<G,B<D F<(A A>)B|G<DB,>D G/F/E/F/ Gg| d>B c/B/A/G/ D<(G G2)|G>DB,>D G/F/E/D/ B,D|G<G,B<D F<(A A>)B| G>DB,>D G/F/E/F/ Gg|d>B c/B/A/G/ D<(G G2)||g/f/g/a/ g2 g/f/g/a/ g2| e/f/g/a/ g/f/e/d/ e(A A>)f |g>b g<d egdB|ceAd B<(G ~G)d|g/f/g/a/ gz g/f/g/a/ gz| g/a/b/a/ g/f/e/d/ e<(a a>)g/f/|g<be<g d<g ~B>G|c>A c/B/A/G/ D<(G G2)||



MR. GORDON OF HALLHEAD('S STRATHSPEY). Scottish, Slow Strathspey (whole time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Marshall, Skye): AAB (Hunter). Composed by William Marshall (1748-1833). Hallhead was an older mansion of the lairds of Gordon of Ruthven, located in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire in the parish of Leochel-Cushnie. Jean Duval [1] finds that Montreal fiddler Joseph Allard's "Reel de l'enfant" is a derivative of Marshall's strathspey.

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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Henderson (Flowers of Scottish Melody), 1935. Hunter (The Fiddle Music of Scotland), 1988; No. 82. MacDonald (The Skye Collection), 1887; p. 65. Marshall, Fiddlecase Edition, 1978; 1822 Collection, p. 40.

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  1. Jean Duval, La Musique de Joseph Allard 1873-1947, 2018, p. 67.