Miss Gordon Of Gight reel

Also known as I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Miss Gordon Of Gight has been added to 5 tune sets.

Miss Gordon Of Gight has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Miss Gordon Of Gight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fdor
d|egbg agfe|defg fdBf|egba/g/ agfe|dBfd cd cd|
egbg agfe|defg fdBf|gfed cdec|BGFD EC C||
X: 2
T: Miss Gordon Of Gight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:A,DFA dafd|c/d/ecA GECE|DFAG/F/ EGcA|1 GECE FDD2:|2 GECE FDDe||
fac'a bagf|efga gece|fac'b/a/ bagf|ecge d2de|
fac'a bagf|efga gecg|a>gfe defd|cAGE D2D2||
X: 3
T: Miss Gordon Of Gight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:FBdB BfdB|EAcA ecAF|FBdB BfdB|1 EAcd cB B2:|2 EAcd cBBc||
dfaf gfed|cdef ecAc|dfaf gfed|cAec dBBc|
dfaf gfed|cdef ecAe|f>edc BcdB|EAcd cBB2||
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

Actual Key / Background

This tune is in Cmin, but the system we use to submit tunes here at “The Session” wouldn’t let me submit in Cmin or Eb, so Fdorian was the closest I could get.

I found this tune on “Return to Kintail” by Alasdair Fraiser and Tony McManus (track 3; second tune).

As far as I’ve gathered, the tune is a Scottish Fiddle Reel from around 1780.

It’s a really profound tune; and it’a easier to play in Dmin

Miss Gordon

According to Peter Barnes in his second volume of English country dance tunes, this is a tune by Isaac Cooper c. 1790. We play it for the dance called Easter Morn by Erna Lynn Bogue. It’s a beautiful melody. My band transposed it to Dm, but I prefer it in the original key.

Published in 1783 in “Thirty New Strathspey Reels For The Violin or Harpsichord Composed by Isaac Cooper”.

Isaac Gordon was a well known Scottish fiddler teacher of his day, from Banff, Aberdeenshire. Miss Gordon of Gight it seems was the mother of the poet Lord Byron.

Dance instructions

My dance card for “Easter Morn” for this tune is at http://thedance.net/~roth/DANCES/english/easter_morn.rtf. (You might need OpenOffice or something that can read the old RTF format to open it.) I was a beta-tester for the dance when it was written, and it’s one of my favorites to dance and to call.

Fraser started a trend of playing this tune at a funereal pace, and everybody I have heard doing it has followed suit. There is absolutely nothing in the original publication to suggest that. It’s a reel. It ought to go FAST.

I have the story behind it in the “Embro, Embro” pages on my website: it is named after a wealthy young woman who seems to have been publicly emotional to the point of hypomania. Combine that with the historical situation she was in, and the obvious way to see it is as a frenzied explosion.

Re: Miss Gordon Of Gight

You know that Dm is technically a flat key? (By the way, setting #1 is the same fingerings, one string below.)

Re: Miss Gordon Of Gight

OK, Dm is flat, but not too flat… 🙂