Flowers of the Forest - a Traditional Scottish Folk melody

This is the earliest recorded version of the Scottish Folk Melody known as "Flowers of the Forest", since it was included as "Flowres of the Forrest" in a collection called the Skene Manuscripts in the early 17th century. This early version of the tune was to be played on a Mandore, which is a type of Lute, and was also played on other stringed instruments such as gaelic or celtic harps. You can play the music as it stands on a guitar or keyboard instrument, or the melody line (i.e. the top note) can be played on many other instruments. The melody has been adapted almost out of all recognition for the Folk Song "Flowers of the Forest" (see Piano Solo version) which is frequently played as a Lament on the bagpipes (see Arrangement version). The composer Michael Nyman went back to this original version of the melody and adapted it for the track "Dreams of a Journey" in his film score for The Piano. (You can listen to the track in this youtube video.)

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