Ground After the Scotch Humour - Score and parts by Matteis. For soprano recorder and Basso Continuo. Score and Parts. Published by Dolce (MM.DOL0602A).
These grounds and divisions come from Nicola Matteis Ayrs for the Violin: Preludes Allmands Sarabands Courantes Gigues Divisions and double Compositions fitted to all hands and Capacities, published in four volumes in London in the mid 1680s. Nicola Matteis was a famous violin player from Naples, who arrived in London in the early 1670s, after working in Germany for a few years. From surviving descriptions it is clear that he was a powerful and charismatic performer: however his directness and lack of obsequiousness denied him the aristocratic patronage that might have given him a secure living. He seems, unusually for the time, to have surivived by giving public performances. The diarist John Evelyn, who heard him in November 1674, wrote that he had "a strock so sweete and made it speke like the voice of a man, and when he pleased, like a consort of several instruments: he did wonders upon a Note; was an excellent composer also.".