John Reid
(1721 - 1807)

Reid : Sonata in D major, set 2 no. 4 : illustration

Sonata in D major, set 2 no. 4
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Largo - Allegro - Largo - Gavotta. Con spirito - Tempo di Minuett0 - 2d. Minuetto

A second set of six solos for a German flute or violin with a thorough bass for the harpsichord. Inscribed to the Countess of Ailesbury by I.R. Esqr. [John Reid] a member of the Temple of Apollo. London. Printed for J. Oswald [1762]. John Reid pursued parallel military and musical careers. At the time of the writing of these sonatas (his publisher Oswald later claimed them as his own) he was a major, in the 42nd Highlanders. He ultimately rose to the rank of General, and left a substantial bequest to endow a professorship in the University of Edinburgh.