from 17th-century Scotland

The Balcarres Lute Book. Edited by Matthew Spring

[11-course lute]

Balcarres Lutebook

Glasgow, 2010. 25.4 x 35.6 cm, 2 vols, 412 pp. Copied out in Scotland at the close of the 17th c., the Balcarres Lute Book is the largest and most important post-1640 British source of lute music. It contains 252 compositions arranged for the eleven-course instrument, among them settings of native Scots airs and of English popular tunes, and French baroque lute music by mid- and later 17th-c. masters. Possibly compiled by or for Margaret Campbell, fourth wife of Colin Lindsay, third Earl of Balcarres, the
manuscript has remained

/ original

Balcarres Lutebook, cover
in the Lindsay family, being owned currently by Lord Balniel, son and heir to the present Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, who has deposited it in the National Library of Scotland. It is here published for the first time in a pair of volumes comprising a black-and-white facsimile and a transcription, along with an extended introduction, notes on related musical sources, and an informative critical commentary on each individual piece. Softbound, with slipcase. $165                    

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