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X:1 T:Pas Seul [7] N:(Danced by) “Miss Ann Mitchell” M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Air B:Archibald Duff – A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c. B:Book First (Edinburgh, c. 1812, p. 15) B: N:Archibald Duff (c. 1770-c. 1840?) was a musician (along with his brother Charles) and dancing N:master, of Montrose and Aberdeen, and is recorded as being a Professor of Music residing at N:Clayills Cottage, Aberdeen in 1837. N:The volume is dedicated to Lady Mary Ramsay of Balmain Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F P:Hook S[A2c2][GB]>A|A2 (GF)|.d.c.B.A|(G/F/G/).A/ GC|[A2c2](BA)|A2 .G.F| (d/D/).B/.G/ .A/.F/.G/.E/|[A,4F4]!fermata!||A2 (c/B/)(A/B/)|c2 AF| dcBA|(G/F/E/)D/ (C/E/G/B/)|A2 (c/B/A/B/)|c2 AF|(d/e/f/).d/ .A/.c/.=B/.d/| .c/.C/.D/.E/ .F/.G/.A/_.B/|c2 BA|A2 GF|.d.c.B.A|(G/F/).G/.A/ GC|c2 BA| A2 GF|d/D/B/G/ A/F/G/E/|[A,4F4]||.A/(d/^c/).d/ (e/d/).c/.d/|.A/(e/d/).e/ (f/e/).d/.e/| (f/d/).f/.a/ (g/f/).e/.d/|(^c/d/).e/.c/ .A.A|(A/d/).^c/.d/ (e/d/).c/.d/|.A/(e/d/).e/ (f/e/).d/.e/| (f/d/).f/.a/ .g/.f/.e/.f/|(d/f/).e/.f/ (g/f/).e/.d/S!D.C.!|| P:Andante .c2.A2 .d2.B2|.c2.A2 f4|.B2.c2.A2.c2|.G2.c2.A2.F2|.c2.A2.d2.B2| .c2.A2 f4|.c2.A2.B2.G2|.F2.A2.F2z2::.e2.f2.g2.c2|.f2.g2.a2.c2| .b2.g2.a2.f2|(fe).g.e .c2.c2|.e2.f2.g2.c2|.f2.g2.a2.c2|.g2.g2.e2.e2|f2a2f2z2|| P:Lord Moira M:C L:1/16 R:Strathspey Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:F FF3FF3 Ac3 Tc4|(B3G)A2F2 {EF}G3FE2C2|FF3FF3 Ac3 Tc4|(d3f) (ef)(ge) fgag fa3:| ff3 {fg}a3f {a}T(g3f)e2c2|dd3 f3d Tc3B A2F2|ff3{fg}a2f2 Tg3fe2d2-|d3f efge f4 (f2ga)| b3(ga3)(f g3)f.d3.f|(dc).B.A f2A2 (BA).G.F G2A2|FF3FF3 Bd3- d4|c3f efge fgag fa3|| |:A3fc3F (dc).B.A (cf3)|AF3cF3 G3A B2d2-|A3Fc2F2 (dc).B.A (.c2.f2)|d3f efge fgag fa3:| Fa2z fa2z eg2z c4|(d3e)f2d2 c3B A2F2|(3f2g2a2 (3f2g2a2 (3e2f2g2 ~c4|d3f efge f4 (gfef)| d3bca3 Bg3Af3|c3B A2F2 {EF}G3FE2C2|(3F2G2A2 (3G2A2B2 (3A2B2c2 (3B2c2d2|c3f (ag).f.e {g}f2.e.d .c.B.A.G|| P:Miss Frances Russell M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune Q:”Allegretto” K:Bb .B.B .c/.B/.c/.A/|.B.B (c/B/).c/.A/|.B.B .c.c|.d.d .e/.c/.A/.F/|.B.B (c/B/).c/.A/|.B.B (c/B/).c/.A/| .B.B .c.c|(d/e/).c/.A/ B2:||:Bb- b.f/.d/|ce- e.d/.c/|.B.d.B.d|(c/B/).A/.G/ .F.F| Bb bf/d/|ce- ed/c/|.B.d.B.d|(f/e/).d/.c/ B2:||:F>EDF|GG E2| (c/d/).e/.c/ (B/A/)(G/F/)|.B/.c/.d/.e/ .f/.g/.a/.b/|F>EDF|GG E2|(c/d/e/).c/.A/.F/.E/.C/|B,BB:|]

PAS SEUL [7]. Scottish, Dance Suite. The several "Pas Seuls" published by Montrose and Aberdeen dancing master and musician Archibald Duff (c. 1770-1840?) seem to have been choreographed dance suites for his adolescent pupils, perhaps to showcase their (and his) talents in a performance. Each of his Pas Seuls (pas seul = 'solo dance') has a female name attached, in the case of "Pas Seul [7]" it is Miss Ann Mitchell, all from prominent Aberdeenshire families. The suites are made up of several melodies at different tempos and rhythms, but in the same musical key.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Archibald Duff (A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c., Book First), Edinburgh, c. 1812,; p. 15.

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