This is the nineteenth piece from a collection of 20 Capricci by Italian composer Saverio Mercadante. It is not certain when these caprices were composed, but scholars tend to associate them with Mercadante's early years in Naples, between 1811 and 1814.
The earliest known appearance of this tune is in the 4th volume of James Aird's A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, published in Glasgow in 1794. Aird designated the provenance of the tune as “Irish”.
One suggestion regarding the meaning of the title postulates a progressive derivation from “Gaberlunzie Boy” (i.e. beggar boy), shortened to “Gaby Boy”, and finally morphing into “Gobby-O”. Other sources say that the title refers to a ‘gobby-stick’ (a flute or fife), the inference being that these woodwind instruments are hollow sticks played with the mouth (‘gob’ is the Gaelic word for ‘beak’ or ‘mouth’).
This is the sixteenth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.
This is the twenty-first piece from XXIV Duets for two German Flutes, Adapted to the Capacity of all Degrees of Performers, composed by English flutist Lewis Granom and first published in London in 1747.
This is the opening movement of Johann Joachim Quantz's Sonata in B minor for flute and continuo, QV 1:168. It is one of many works for flute that Quantz composed for his student and patron Frederick II, King of Prussia.
Today's tune was kindly contributed to our collection by its composer, piper Roddy Campbell from the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.
The title refers to the highest hill on the island of Barra, standing at a height of 383 meters.
This is the fifteenth study from 58 Esercizi per flauto (a.k.a. First Exercises for Flute, or Die ersten Übungen für Flöte) by Italian Romantic flutist and composer Giuseppe Gariboldi.