Mr. John Gow’s Delight

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MR. JOHN GOW’S DELIGHT. Scottish, Strathspey. C Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Niel Gow, Jr. (c. 1795-1823), the son of Nathaniel Gow and the grandson of family scion Niel Gow. The younger Niel briefly joined his father’s music publishing firm, and was showing great promise as a talented performer and composer before his untimely death. His father collected and published his son’s compositions in a Collection of Slow Airs, Strathspeys and Reels, being the Posthumous Compositions of the late Niel Gow, Junior, dedicated to the Right Honourable, the Earl of Dalhousie, by his much obliged servant, Nathaniel Gow (Edinburgh, 1849). John Gow (1764-1826) was Niel Gow Jr.’s uncle, Nathaniel’s younger brother, a publisher in London who was also a distributor of the family’s various music publications.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 11.

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