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SONG LITERATURE WITH MUSIC xxxvii
Calliope ; or the Musical Miscellany. A select collection of the most approved English, Scots, and Irish Songs, set to music. London: Printed for C. Elliot and T. Kay. ... and C. Elliot, Edinburgh, 1788. 8vo. pp. 472.
A Selection of the most favourite Scots Songs, chiefly pastoral, adapted for the harpsichord, with an accompaniment for a violin. By eminent masters. . . . London. . . . William Napier, n. d. . Folio, pp. 77.
A Selection of Original Scots Songs in three parts, the harmony by Haydn. ... London.... William Napier, n. d. . Folio, pp. 101. This is the second volume of the above. Vol. I'll. published in 1794.
The Edinburgh Musical Miscellany. A collection of the most approved Scotch, English, and Irish Songs ; set to music. Selected by D. Sime, Edinburgh : printed for W. Gordon . . . 1792. 12mo. Vol. ii. printed by John Elder, 1793-
' A Selection of Scots Songs, harmonised and Improved, with sImple and adapted Graces. ... By Peter Urbani, professor of Music. Printed for the author and sold at his shop, foot of Carruber's Close. . . . Edinburgh,' n. d. . Folio, pp-51. Book ii. in 1794, pp. 50; Books I'll. and iv. in 1799, pp. 54 each.
' A Select Collection of Original Scotish. Airs, with select and characteristic Scotch and English verses, the most part of which written by the celebrated R. Burns ; arranged for the voice, with introductory and concluding symphonies and accompaniments for the pianoforte. ... by P. Urbani. Edinburgh : Printed and sold by Urbani & Liston, 10 Princes Street,' n. d. Folio, pp. 59. This is Books v. and vi. of Urbani's Collection.
Scotish Songs. In two volumes [Joseph Ritson]. London: printed by J. Johnson . . . 1794. l2mo. This contains the valuable Historical Essay on Scoiish Song.
Dale's Collection of Sixty Favourite Scotch Songs, taken from the original manuscripts of the most celebrated authors and composers. . . . London ... J. Dale, n. d. . Folio. Books ii. and I'll. same year, containing sixty songs each.
/''A Select Collection of Original Scotish Airs for the voice. To each of ' which are added introductory and concluding symphonies and accompanyments for the violin and pianoforte by Pleyel, with select and characteristic verses by the most admired Scotish Poets, adapted to each air; many of them entirely new. Also suitable English verses in addition to each of the songs as written in the Scotish dialect, price 10s. 6d. First set. London : printed and sold by Preston & Son .. . Strand, for the proprietor, (signed) G. Thomson,' n. d. Folio. Contains twenty-five airs, pp. 1-25. Preface dated May 1, 1793.
Second set, with varied title: 'accompanyments' by Kozeluch and the 'greater number ' of the songs ' written for this work by Burns,' n. d. . Twenty-five airs, pp. 26-50.
Third set same title as second set , pp. 51—75.
Fourth set: ends vol. ii., accompts. 'chiefly by Kozeluch and partly by Pleyel,' otherwise same as third set , pp. 76-100. Vol. I'll. pub. in 1801 ; vol. iv. 'Printed by J. Moir, 1805,' containing fifty airs each, harmonized by Haydn; and vol. v., preface dated June, 1818, containing thirty airs harmonized by Beethoven, and a mutilated version of The Jolly Beggars by Burns, set to music by Henry R. Bishop. The editor expresses ' the satisfaction he felt when he saw the practicability of excluding those passages without depriving the Poem of its unity, its raciness of humour, or its interest' 1
The above describes the original edition of George Thomson's collection, to which Burns contributed so largely. The title is rarely quoted correctly and