Mr. Horn's Strathspey (2)

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MR. HORN’S STRATHSPEY. AKA – “Braes of Berriedale.” Scottish, Strathspey. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB’CC’. The melody appears in John and Andrew Gow’s A Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels (London, c. 1795) and, much later, in Nathaniel Gow’s Sixth Collection of Strathspey Reels (1822). It is attributed to Nathaniel Gow in the latter publication. Andrew (1760-1803) and younger brother John (1764-1826) established a publishing business in London in 1788 and were the English distributors for the Gow family musical publications. Regarding the alternate title, he Berriedale river (brae means hillside) runs for much of its 16 mile length in deep wooded valleys. It tends to be diminished in winter, but full in summer, and has had a reputation as a good sport fishing water. It rises north of Morven from the confluence of two streams and continues east till it connects with Langwell Water.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Gow (Sixth Collection of Strathspey Reels), 1822; p. 10. S. Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 23.

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