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Page 4 of 4, Le Messe
JSS0213
Page 4 of 4, Le Messe Manuscript in Skinner's hand of his virtuoso solo ' Le Messe' ['Le Messie', 'The Messiah']. 'Le Messie' is a violin made in Italy by Antonio Stradivari in 1716. It is highly valued not only because it is a wonderful instrument, but, curiously, because it is in superb condition - it has never been played. This is the final part. Note Skinner's 'special effects' in the first and second lines. Refer to the links below for the other related pages, and click on the audio link (cd119b) to hear Skinner playing it.
Note about Le Messe
JSS0214
Note about Le Messe
Page 1 of 2, Polka Tempo, Le Messe
JSS0215
Page 1 of 2, Polka Tempo, Le Messe Manuscript in Skinner's hand of the 'Polka Tempo' section of his virtuoso solo ' Le Messe' ['Le Messie', 'The Messiah']. The accompaniment differs to that given in the version at JSS0213 and in the last two lines of JSS0212. This version was not used in the final Harp & Claymore collection either. Skinner's note under the music reads 'Repeat 1st strain, then go to Trio - & D. C. [Da Capo: go back to the beginning.] Dear Gavin Greig, please see if this is a better copy than the one in MS - the Vars. are however not given here -'. Click on the audio link below to hear Skinner playing Le Messe.
Page 2 of 2, Polka Tempo, Le Messe - Trio
JSS0216
Page 2 of 2, Polka Tempo, Le Messe - Trio
Folder for Pastoral Melodies
JSS0217
Folder for Pastoral Melodies Music manuscript paper used as a folder for the Harp & Claymore 'Pastoral Melodies' section.
The Gatherin' o' the Gunns
JSS0218
The Gatherin' o' the Gunns Manuscript in Skinner's hand of 'a Strathspey Jig 'The Gatherin' o' the Gunns' - S.S.' To be played with 'fire & force'. The second section is 'more Sterile [in] F [sharp] minor'. Compare it with the version given at JSS0608. Click on the link below.
Note about Gatherin' o' the Gunns
JSS0219
Note about Gatherin' o' the Gunns Skinner's instructions about where to place his 'strathspey jig', 'Gatherin' o' the Gunns'. He writes 'Try to get in this - if not in its place at the end, recd [received] from Composer while the medley was proceeding'.
A Jig Strathspey, The Gatherin' o' the Gunns
JSS0220
A Jig Strathspey, The Gatherin' o' the Gunns Manuscript in Skinner's hand of a copy of his 'a Jig Strathspey 'The Gatherin' o' the Gunns' - [by] J. Scott Skinner'. To be played 'Merrily'. Underneath he writes 'For "Harp and Claymore"' -'. While the melody is complete, even to the fingering, the bass line in the printed version is almost entirely different, although still simple. Compare this with the versions given at JSS0218 and JSS0608.
Just a Bit o' Heather o'er the Lea
JSS0221
Just a Bit o' Heather o'er the Lea A fragment of melody written in a hurry by Skinner. He probably wrote this so he could remember these musical ideas until he had the opportunity to write them down and expand what he was thinking.
Merrily Rins the Burnie
JSS0222
Merrily Rins the Burnie Manuscript in Skinner's hand of 'Reel - "Merrily rins the burnie" - J. Scott Skinner'. He wants players to use a 'full bow' on the last line of the melody, and to speed up ('veloce') in the last two bars.

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