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A song composed by Maria Malibran (1808-1836) for guitar and voice. Words by Ambroise Bétourné (1795-1838). The singer is Alfrun Schmid, the guitarist Jelma van Amersfoort. The guitar is my D & A Roudhloff from ca. 1855, gut strung!

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Comment by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen on April 6, 2011 at 22:29

Once again Your right Rob, regarding the last comment. The romantic guitar music needs more passion than just playing fast and showing off. Though there is some pieces where one is allowed showing off but the music writtin for small intimate concerts in the gathering of freinds should be played with exactly that kind of intimacy that Jelma and the Alfrun does. Nice

I must say, I really love this site, I mean, where else can one get so much 19th C guitar talk. Certainly not here in Denmark. This ignorant little country is'nt that much into this kind of music. ;-)

Four cheers

Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 6, 2011 at 22:15
Jelma, apologies, I forgot to mention I love the performance! I find your research and performance more interesting and entertaining than that of those trying to play Legnani Caprices at the speed of light. And that's not a criticism of Legnani, whose Caprices are wonderful. There is so much more to the world of the 19thC guitar, and you are showing the way. Three cheers!
Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 6, 2011 at 22:10

The girl, Scot, the girl!  ;-)


Thanks, Jelma. 

Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on April 6, 2011 at 21:22

Ha! Thanks. I think he is a Scot saying goodbye to the city, because he is leaving for someplace wilder & dryer, I suppose the highlands? The title means 'The Scot', so I suppose it is written from the point of view of a Scot. I'll have a look at the score tomorrow to see if there are more verses that explain the situation.

The ladies are all Maria Malibran (1808-1836), who wrote the song :-D I love that portrait at the end of the video.

Comment by Scot Tremblay on April 6, 2011 at 21:08
You're right Rob, that is a beautiful guitar. Reminds me of a Fabricatore....Oh, the girl...
Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 6, 2011 at 20:21


I'm in love with this beauty...


Comment by Rob MacKillop on April 6, 2011 at 20:20

Well, I recognised a couple of images from Edinburgh. What about the ladies? The last one looked Spanish! 


Thanks, Jelma. Obviously for me this is a very interesting song. I'm trying to understand the poem - the Google translation is not much of a help at all. Is it about a Scot who likes Edinburgh but who wants to go to the countryside, look at the mountains, etc? Or is it about a French person who misses home? 


Here are a couple of portraits of Scottish women playing the guitar:

Comment by Rocky Mjos on December 31, 2010 at 18:29
Very nice, Jelma! -- R
Comment by Andreae, Siegfried on December 31, 2010 at 15:58

Thank you Jelma for this posting. This charming repertoire of vocal music with romantic guitar acc. is still rather neglected up to now and i feel the desire for more ;-)).

kindest regards and new year´s greatings - Siegfried  

Comment by Jelma van Amersfoort on December 29, 2010 at 13:31
L'Écossais – Maria Malibran
Paroles de Ambroise Bétourné (1795-1838)
Adieu cités, adieu riches campagnes
N'espérez plus me séduire en ce jour.
J'entends au loin l'air chéri des montagnes
Et mon coeut bat d'allégresse et d'amour.
1 - Fière Edinbourg tes superbes portiques
Ces monuments d'un luxe trop vanté
Me plaisent moins que nous foyers rustiques
azile heureux de l'hospitalité.
Adieu cités...
2 - Champs cultivés ou la fleur printaniere
avec orgueil étale sa beauté
Oui je vous fuis pour l'aride bruyère
qu'on peut du moins fouler en liberté.
Adieu cités...
3 - Loin de la Down mon ame s'est fletrie
Mais pout bannir d'inutiles regrets
Je veux revoir le ciel de ma patrie
Et ses grands lacs et ses vastes forets.
Adieu cités, adieu riches campagnes
N'espérez plus me séduire en ce jour.

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