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John Dowland

born: 1563
died: 20 February 1626
country: United Kingdom

Dowland worked for many years at the court of Christian IV of Denmark. He returned to England in 1606 and in 1612 secured a post as one of James I's lutenists. Most of Dowland's music is for his own instrument, the lute. It includes several books of solo lute works, lute songs (for one voice and lute), part-songs with lute accompaniment, and several pieces for viol consort with lute. The poet Richard Barnfield wrote that Dowland's "heavenly touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense."

One of his better known works is the lute song "Flow My Tears". He later wrote what is probably his best known instrumental work, Lachrimae or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans, a set of seven for five viols and lute, each based on "Flow My Tears." It became one of the best known pieces of consort music in his own time. His pavane "Lachrymae antiquae" was also one of the big hits of the seventeenth century.

Dowland's music often displays the melancholia that was so fashionable in music at that time. He wrote a consort piece with the punning title Semper Dowland, semper dolens (always Dowland, always doleful), which may be said to sum up much of his work.

Dowland's song, Come Heavy Sleepe, the Image of True Death, was the inspiration for Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal after John Dowland for guitar, written in 1964 for the guitarist Julian Bream. This work consists of eight variations, all based on musical themes drawn from the song or its lute accompaniment, finally resolving into a guitar setting of the song itself.

'Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day' (CDH88011)
Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day
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'Dowland: Awake, sweet love' (CDH55241)
Dowland: Awake, sweet love
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'Dowland: Consort Music' (CDA66010)
Dowland: Consort Music
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'Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares' (CDH55339)
Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares
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'Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal' (CDA67648)
Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal
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'Dowland: The Art of Melancholy' (CDA68007)
Dowland: The Art of Melancholy
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'A Musicall Dreame' (CDA66335)
A Musicall Dreame
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'An Englishman Abroad' (CDA66435)
An Englishman Abroad
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'Britten: Nocturnal; Dowland: Lute Songs' (CDA67648)
Britten: Nocturnal; Dowland: Lute Songs
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'Campion & Dowland: It fell on a summer's day' (CDH88011)
Campion & Dowland: It fell on a summer's day
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'English Ayres and Duets' (CDA66003)
English Ayres and Duets
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'English Lute Songs' (CDH55249)
English Lute Songs
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'Flying Horse – Music from the ML Lutebook' (CDA67776)
Flying Horse – Music from the ML Lutebook
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'Grainger: Rambles and Reflections' (CDH55454)
Grainger: Rambles and Reflections
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'Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana' (CDA66019)
Madrigals and Wedding Songs for Diana
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'My mind to me a kingdom is' (CDA66307)
My mind to me a kingdom is
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'Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore' (CDA67240)
Praetorius: Dances from Terpsichore
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'Renaissance Fantasias' (CDA66089)
Renaissance Fantasias
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'The Emma Kirkby Collection' (CDA66227)
The Emma Kirkby Collection
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'Time stands still' (CDH55462)
Time stands still
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'Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2014' (HYP201404)
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'Garden of Early Delights' (CKD291)
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A fancy (Dowland)
A fantasie (Dowland)
A Gallyard upon the Gallyard before (Dowland)
All ye whom Love or Fortune hath betrayed (Dowland)
Aria 'Mrs Nichols Almand' (Dowland)
Awake, sweet love, thou art returned (Dowland)
Away with these self-loving lads (Dowland)
Behold a wonder here (Dowland)
Burst forth, my tears (Dowland)
Can she excuse my wrongs? (Dowland)
Captain Digorie Piper his Pavan and Galliard (Dowland)
Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard  No 18 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Captaine Digorie Piper his Pavan (Dowland)
Come again, sweet love doth now invite (Dowland)
Come away, come sweet love (Dowland)
Come, heavy Sleep (Dowland)
Courante 'Mistris Winter's Jump' (Dowland/Praetorius)
Fantasia No 6 (Dowland)
Fantasia No 7 (Dowland)
Far from triumphing court (Dowland)
Fine knacks for ladies (Dowland)
Flow not so fast, ye fountains (Dowland)
Flow, my tears, fall from your springs (Dowland)
Fortune my Foe (Dowland)
Go from my window (Anon/Dowland)
Go nightly cares (Dowland)
Go, crystal tears (Dowland)
His golden locks Time hath to silver turned (Dowland)
Humour, say what mak'st thou here (Dowland)
I must complain (Dowland)
I saw my lady weep (Dowland)
If my complaints could passions move (Dowland)
In darkness let me dwell (Dowland)
It was a time when silly bees could speak (Dowland)
Lachrimae (Dowland)
Lachrimae to the Consort (Dowland/Morley)
Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Lady Hunsdon's Almaine (Dowland)
Lord Souch his Galliard (Dowland)
M John Langton Pavan (Dowland)
M. Buctons Galiard  No 16 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. George Whitehead his Almand  No 13 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. Giles Hobies Galiard  No 10 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. Henry Noel his Galiard  No 20 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. John Langtons Pavan  No 15 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard  No 9 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with 2 Trebles  No 17 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Mistresse Nichols Almand  No 14 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Mrs Winter's Jump (Dowland)
Now, oh now I needs must part – The Frog Galliard (Dowland)
Now, oh now I needs must part (Dowland)
Now, oh now I needs must part (Dowland/Grainger)
Paduan (Dowland)
Preludium (Dowland)
Say, Love, if ever thou didst find (Dowland)
Semper Dowland semper dolens  No 8 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Semper Dowland semper dolens (Dowland)
Shall I strive with words to move? (Dowland)
Shall I sue, shall I seek for grace? (Dowland)
Sir George Whitehead his Almaine (Dowland)
Sir Henry Guilford his Almaine (Dowland)
Sir Henry Umptons Funerall  No 12 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Sir Henry Umpton's Funerall (Dowland)
Sir John Smith his Almaine (Dowland)
Sir John Souch his Galiard  No 11 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
Sir Thomas Collier his Galliard (Dowland)
Sleep, wayward thoughts (Dowland)
Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears (Dowland)
Suzanna (Dowland)
Sweet, stay awhile, why will you rise? (Dowland)
Tell me, true love (Dowland)
The Battle Galliard (Dowland)
The Earle of Essex Galiard  No 19 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
The Frog Galliard (Dowland)
The King of Denmarks Galiard  No 21 of Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (Dowland)
The Most High and Mightie Christianus the fourth King of Denmarke, his Galliard (Dowland)
The most sacred Queen Elizabeth, her galliard (Dowland)
The Shoemaker's Wife 'A Toy' (Dowland)
Time stands still (Dowland)
Time's eldest son, Old Age (Dowland)
To ask for all thy love (Dowland)
Unquiet thoughts (Dowland)
Weep you no more (Dowland)
Welcome, black night … Cease these false sports (Dowland)
What if I never speed? (Dowland)
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