Fischer : Banks of the Dee, The (with variations) : Full score
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Composer: Johann Christian Fischer (1733 - 1800)
Fischer was an oboist, colleague of J.C.Bach in England, and son in law (and portrait subject) to Thomas Gainsborough. This set of variations was published as the third movement of Fischer's Concerto no. 8 in C for Oboe "or German Flute" (the publisher's alternative). This edition includes a figured keyboard part, but the realisation is a condensation of the string parts, enabling the piece to be performed by oboe/flute and keyboard alone.
The tune, of Irish origin, achieved initial popularity under the title "New Lango Lee", which Fischer used for his variations; it very quickly became better known as "The banks of the Dee", from the set of words with which it became indissolubly associated.
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