French music in Scottish manuscript

In the 17th century, the Auld Alliance, the Scottish-French defence pact against England of 1295, although revoked in 1560, still had a cultural impact and young Scots were sent to France for education.

Thus, in the Balcarres Manuscript, the most extensive British lute book with 252 titles, popular Scottish airs and English tunes can be found alongside elaborate French baroque music, including music by Ennemond Gaultier, known as Gaultier "le Vieux". Several of these melodies appear in the volume "The Division Flute" published by John Walsh in London in 1706, where they served as a basis for the virtuoso and imaginative variation art of the time.


Robert de Visée (around 1660 – after 1720)
Prelude Allemande Courante Sarabande Chaconne Gavotte Rondeau „la Montfermeil“ Gigue

from Balcarres Lutebook (around 1695-1701)
My Nannies Mr. Mclaughans way, by Mr. Beck/ I love my love in secret  Katherine Ogie, Mr. Beck´s way / I never knew I loved thee by Mr. Beck / Amarillis /
Joy to the person of my love / Lillybollaro / The Highland King

Anne Danican-Philidor (1681-1728)
Suite  VI from “II.e Livre de Pièces”
Le Tombeau  sérieusement Allemande  coulamment Air tendre  sans lenteur  Le Badin  gayment

Godfrey  Finger (um 1660-1730) Ciacona aus „Dix Sonates á 1 Flute & 1 Basse Continue“


Ennemond Gaultier (1575 – 1651)
Prelude  Tombeau de Mezangeau  Sarabande Canaries

Divisions onto a Ground from “The Division Flute” (1706)
A Ground by Mr. Godfrey Finger  An Italian Ground ( Anon ) Paul´s Steeple ( Anon )
Robert de Visée (um 1660 – nach 1720)
Prelude « Les Sylvains » de Mr. Couperin

from “A Collection of Scots Tunes by William Mc. Gibbon” (1742)

I  love my Love in secret/ The Bonniest lass in the world/  My Nanjo/  Green grows the Rathes / Yell, yell


Iris Lichtinger, baroque flutes & Axel Wolf , lute and theorbo