Annotation:Wedding (Strathspey) (The)

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X:1 T:Wedding, The T:San Rire va Vannich M:C| L:1/8 B:Angus Cumming - A Collection of Strathspey and Old Highland Reels (1782, No. 27, p. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:A c|A>FE>F A2 (Ac)|B/B/B (c>A) BFFB|A>FE>F A2 A>a|f2 e>d eAA:| a|f>ga>f e>ca>c|B/B/B Tc>A BFFc/B/|A>FE>F A2 A>a|f2 ec eAAa| f>ga>f ecac|d>Bc>A BFF(c/B/)|A>EF>A B>dc>f|e>dTc>B cAA||

WEDDING, THE. AKA - "San Rire va Vannich," "'S ann A-raoir a Bha a' Bhanais." Scottish, Strathspey (cut time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The reel appears as "The Wedding" with the (corrected) Gaelic title "'S ann A-raoir a Bha a' Bhanais" (The wedding was last night) in Angus Cumming's collection of 1782. Cumming (c. 1750-c. 1800) was from a long line of Speyside musicians. However, as William Lamb[1] points out, the word strathspey only appears in the title of his collection, and not with any of the tunes themselves; "the tunes were simply all 'Old Highland reels' to him." The boundary between what we think of as reels versus the syncopated strathspey was much more permeable to Cumming.

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Printed sources : - Angus Cumming (A Collection of Strathspey and Old Highland Reels), 1782; No. 27, p. 9.

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  1. William Lamb, "Reeling in the Strathspey: The Origins of Scotland's National Music", Scottish Studies, Vol. 36, pp 66-102, Jun 2013.