- Bruce K. Burchmore
(b Montferrand, nr Clermont-Ferrand, Oct 1675; d Clermont, Aug 1759). French amateur lutenist. He compiled an important late source of French Baroque lute music. During the final decade of the 17th century, following his law studies in Orléans, he was in Paris, where he probably received lute lessons. He was back in Clermont by 1703, the date of his nomination to the Cour des Aydes. Like Vaudry de Saizenay's manuscripts, Barbe's lutebook is a large retrospective anthology containing a wide assortment of 17th-century masterworks. Representative composers include Bocquet, Du But (père and fils), Du Fault, Hémond, Mouton and Pinel. It was formerly in the possession of Henri Prunières, and is now in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (Rés.Vmb.7; facs. (Geneva, 1985), see Chauvel).A. Tessier: ‘Quelques sources de l'école française de luth au XVIIe siècle’, IMSCRI: Liège 1930, 217–24 W.J. Rave: Some Manuscripts of French Lute Music 1630–1700: an Introductory Study...