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VICTORY [3], THE. Scottish, Reel. F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCCB. Composed by Isaac Cooper of Banff (b. 1755-d. 1810 or 1811, although David Baptie gives the year of death as 1820), a music teacher and dancing master in Edinburgh. Baptie (Musical Scotland, 1894) records that he was in great demand as a teacher, "as he was able to teach every instrument then known, besides dancing. He died, we regret to say, in very indigent circumstances." The reel appears in his Collection of Strathspeys, Reels and Irish Jigs for the Piano-Forte & Violin to which are added Scots, Irish & Welch Airs Composed and Selected by I. Cooper at Banff (London, Edinburgh, c. 1806). The title probably refers to either the recent victory of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar (October, 1805), or the admiral's flagship named HMS Victory, as Cooper also composed tunes entitled "Trafalgar" and the slow air "Death of Nelson (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: S. Johnson (A Twenty Year Anniversary Collection), 2003; p. 6.

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