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X:1 T:Pas Seul [8] N:[Danced by] “Miss Eliza Robertson” M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:Archibald Duff – A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c. B:Book First (Edinburgh, c. 1812, p. 17) B: https://digital.nls.uk/special-collections-of-printed-music/archive/105810922 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:A E|.A.A .B.B|(A/G/).F/.E/ E.F/.G/|.A.A .B.B|c2- B (E/F/4G/4)|.A.A .B.B| (A/G/)(F/E/) .E.F/.G/|.A.A {c}(B/A/).B/.c/|A2 A::(c/d/)|.e.e .c.c|.d.d B>d| .c.A .F.B|(A/G/).B/.G/ E.c/.d/|.e.e .c.c|.d.d B>d|(c/A/F/).B/ .A.G|A2 A:|] P:Beggar Girl M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:”Slowish” e>dc e>dc|B>AB c>de|e>dc e>dc|B>A{c}B A .B/.c/.d/| e>dc e>dc|B>AB cde|e>dc e>dc|B>A{c}B Az2|| .E.A.c .E.B.d|.E.d.c .B.G.E|EA=G F2 d/d/|c>BA !fermata!e2z| e>dc e>dc|B>AB c>de|edc fg!fermata!a|cdB A2z|| P:Jig M:6/8 L:1/8 Q:”Presto” Ace ece|fdf ecA|Ace edc|BcB GFE| Ace ecA|fdB ecA|fga ecA|TB3 A3:| ~a3 ecA|~f3 ece|~a3 ecA|BcA GFE| ~a3 ecA|~f3 ecA|fdf eca|TB3 A2g| ~a3 ecA|~f3 ecA|(aga) ecA|BcA GFE| Agf efg|agf edc|dbd cac|TB3 A2z||



PAS SEUL [8]. 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 Pas Seul (pas seul = 'solo dance') has a female name attached, in the case of "Pas Seul [8]" it is Miss Eliza Robertson, but all are from prominent Aberdeenshire families. The suites are made up of several melodies at different tempos and rhythms, but in the same musical key.


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Printed sources : - Archibald Duff (A Choice Selection of Minuets, Favourite Airs, Hornpipes, Waltzs &c., Book First), Edinburgh, c. 1812; p. 17.






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