Annotation:New Year's Day (1)

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X:1 T:New Year's Day M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B:James Aird - Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3 (Glasgow, 1788, No. 446, p. 173) N:"Humbly dedicated to the Volunteers and Defensive Bands of Great Britain and Ireland" Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:F A|FGA fgf|fFF F2A|(FGF) (fgf)|gGG G2A| FGF fgf fcb{b}a2g|fed cAf|cADF F2:| |:A|(cdc) (ABA)|cdc A2d|cdc fga|gGG G2A| (cdc) (ABA)|c2b {b}a2g|fed cAf|cAF F2:|]

Alexander Reinagle

NEW YEAR'S DAY [1]. AKA and see "Mrs. Montgomery of Coilsfield," "Providence Sett Figure 3." Scottish, Jig (6/8 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune under the "New Year's Day" title appears in Alexander Reinagle's [1] (1756–1809) publication A Collection of the Most Favorite Scots Tunes (1782). The jig was printed in several different collections, attesting to its popularity. It can be found earlier as "Mrs. Montgomery of Coilsfield" in John Riddell's Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets &c., published in 1766 and reissued in the same year as Reinagle's volume. Reinagle was an English-born composer, organist and theater musician who learned his craft and practiced in Edinburgh, before emigrating to the United States in 1786. He arrived in New York, and then moved to Philadelphia where he helped to revitalize the new country's music during George Washington's first presidencies.

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Printed sources : - Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 3), Glasgow, 1788; No. 446, p. 173. Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 500. Gow (Complete Repository, Part 2), 1802; p. 29. Abraham Mackintosh (A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs &c.), c. 1797; p. 2. Petrie (Second Collection of Strathspey Reels and Country Dances), 1795; p. 5.

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