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Reels. Musical compositions: Dances.

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Musical compositions for regulating the movements of a reel; a lively dance, typically in simple or duple time, chiefly associated with Scotland, danced by two couples facing each other and describing a series of figures of eight.

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

About 100 pieces of music, chiefly dances, in French lute tablature., Mid 17th century.

Identifier: MS.9452
Scope and Contents

Many of the pieces are by Rene Mésangeau, and the manuscript closely resembles in its binding, watermark, and musical hand, a volume prepared after 1632 possibly for a pupil of Mésangeau and now in the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Paris - see ‘Oeuvres de René Mésangeau’ (Paris, 1971) edited by Monique Rollin. Other composers represented include Pinel (allemande, folio 33) and Dubut le père (courante, folio 54).

Dates: Mid 17th century.

'Evening amusement, being a collection of Scots tunes and strathspey reels 1789.'

Identifier: MS.22195 [Glen.69]
Scope and Contents The title is taken from folio ii.The manuscript contains many Scottish and some other dance tunes arranged in simple treble notation, followed by an index (page 181).The tunes , which are taken from ‘Caledonian pocket companion’ by James Oswald ([circa 1745-1760]), ‘[First] collection of strathspey reels’ by Niel Gow (1784), and several other printed sources, are numbered in pencil in another hand as far as page 47, and other markings are added in pencil elsewhere....
Dates: 1789.

Microfilm of four untitled manuscripts of bagpipe music of Angus Mackay.

Identifier: Mf.Sec.MSS.68
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: Manuscripts, [?1826-?1840], of Angus Mackay containing piobaireachd (MSS.3753-3754);

Manuscripts, [?1826-?1840], of Angus Mackay containing marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, and other dance music for bagpipe (MSS.3755-3756).

Dates: [1826-1840.]

Microfilm of musical works, chiefly dances, from the papers of the firm of J and R Glen.

Identifier: Mf.Sec.MSS.960
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows: Volume containing 418 marches, hornpipes, and jigs, 235 strathspeys and reels, and 14 piobaireachd, 1687 (Acc.8396, number 1);Volume containing a small collection of marches and dances by Duncan Fergusson, 1884 (Acc.8396, number 2);Collection of 164 strathspeys and reels, and one piobaireachd (lament for Cluny Macpherson, ‘composed by Malcolm Macpherson, 1885’), 19th century (Acc.8396, number 3);Collection of about 200 marches...
Dates: 1847-1974.

Most of the material for MS.3110: 'Collection of Ancient Piobaireachd Music...', in rough form, with jottings of some reels and marches, one or two tunes from Angus Mackay's ‘Collection of ancient Piobaireachd’, and one, apparently, from the Ballindalloch Manuscript., 1882, undated.

Identifier: MS.3111
Scope and Contents

Several tunes are given under names other than those which they usually bear. At folio 1 is a circular letter, undated, of Donald Stuart Macdonald, from Malta, announcing his intention of continuing Angus Mackay's publication.

Dates: 1882, undated.

Music book containing Scottish dance tunes (very largely reels and strathspeys) for violin.

Identifier: MS.22169
Scope and Contents

The music book is gold-stamped 'violin' on the front cover.

Many of the tunes appear to be of late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century provenance. The volume appears to have been compiled in the mid nineteenth century (cf., for example, folios 41, 47).

The leaves of the volume exhibit much handling, but the identity of the compiler is unknown. The volume is thought to have had a possible Perthshire provenance.

Dates: Late 18th century-early 19th century.

Papers of John Murdoch Henderson.

Identifier: MSS.21669-21713
Scope and Contents The papers consist of the transcriptions, arrangements, and research notes compiled by John Murdoch Henderson between the mid 1920s and his death in 1972. Henderson's particular interest was in music for the Scottish fiddle, and in addition to extensive work on the older sources of such music, he was an authority on the compositions of his contemporaries, who seem frequently to have sought his advice. In addition to his own material, the collection contains many autograph compositions of...
Dates: 17th century-1972.

Photocopy of the manuscript known as the Duke of Perth manuscript, containing 'A collection of countrey dances written for the use of his Grace the Duke of Perth', 1734, followed by 'A collection of the best Highland reels', undated, compiled by David Young., 1734, undated.

Identifier: MS.21715
Scope and Contents David Young, writing master in Edinburgh, and subsequently master of the grammar school in Haddington, is known to have made two other later compilations of Scottish tunes: the Young manuscript, [circa 1740], in the Bodleian Library (MS.Don.d.54), and the MacFarlane manuscripts, 1743, in the National Library of Scotland (MSS.2084-2085).The volume is remarkable for the quantity of material it contains (48 country dances, and 45 reels), for the descriptions of how the country...
Dates: 1734, undated.

Photocopy of "W.R. Kinnear's pipe-music book. A choice selection of strathspeys [and] reels".

Identifier: MS.22129
Scope and Contents

It would appear, from notes at folio 3, that W R Kinnear was a piper in the 92nd Foot, and that the music book was written, or at least begun, not long before 1863.

Dates: [Before 1863.]

Scottish and other dance music of Ian Whyte., Mid 20th century.

Identifier: MS.22090
Scope and Contents

The contents include: An eightsome reel arranged for strings, in full score (folio 1) and other reels; Strathspeys copied from various sources (folio 18); Jigs (folio 22); Minuet (folio 24); Pavane (folio 25), fugue (folio 28), nocturnes and other pieces (folio 32), and various unidentified sketches (folio 59).

Dates: Mid 20th century.