Niel Gow’s Style strathspey

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Niel Gow's Style has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Niel Gow's Style
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E2 E<F D>E F<G | E2 E>F E>F G<A | d>A d>A F>G A<B |1 E2 E<F E2 e2 :|2 E2 E<F E2 g2 ||
|:b<e e>f d>e f<a | b<e e>f e>d B<c | d>c d>A F>G A<B |1 E2 E<D E2 g2 :|2 E2 E<D E2 B2 ||
# Added by sheaR .
X: 2
T: Niel Gow's Style
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
a | f<Bf>e f>B B<a | f<Bf>e a>c c<a | f<Bf>e e>cd>B |
A>F E<A C>A,A, :| C | B,/F/B DB F>B, B<D | B,/F/B DB A>A, A,<C |
B,/F/B DB F<Bd>B | A>F E<A C>A,A,C | B,/F/B DB F>B, B<D |
B,/F/B DB A>A, A,<C | B,/F/B DB F>B d<f | a/^g/f/e/ a>e cAA |]

Four comments

Niel Gow’s Style

I have no prior experience notating strathspey’s, so hopefully the rhythmn is somewhat close.

I have been learning the piece from the second tune in the "Burning of the Pipers hut" set on the album Momentum by Crosscurrent. It took me a while to track down the name of the tune, but I am reasonably convinced I found the correct one (and was unable to find it posted on this site).

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Re: Niel Gow’s Style

Looks like you’ve notated it very well, swahl, although I haven’t heard the recording. The composer was Captain Simon Fraser (1773-1852), who wished to compose a tune in imitation of the famous fiddler Niel Gow. It was published in the 1874 edition of his work "Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland…" under the title "Stoile Neill Ghobha", or "Niel Gow’s Style". For interest, I’ll post the original, as it differs in many places.

Niel Gow’s Style, X:2

Source: "The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and The Isles" edited by Capt. Simon Fraser, 1874 edition.

Re: Niel Gow’s Style

Oops…It turns out I had my notes mixed up. Niel Gow’s Style is the third tune in the recording and is more or less the version Nigel gave. For a second there I thought I had done a terrible job, but my setting is a entirely different tune whose name I have no idea of.

I am not sure how to sort that out, but I suppose I will leave it in the hopes someone might identify it.

Sorry about that.

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