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Who ever thinks or hopes of love for love

composer
1597; The First Booke of Songs or Ayres
author of text

 
In Who ever thinks or hopes of love we move into a minor key for the first of many songs of an unhappy but resolute lover, given to self-dramatisation. This is one of only perhaps five songs in the book whose author is known; the poet here was Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke. Dowland has matched the symmetrical, rhetorical structures of the poem with music which seems foursquare at the outset, but has a surprise high leap in the second section, up to the word ‘me’, as the singer reveals his or her own predicament.

from notes by Christopher Goodwin © 2018

Recordings

Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres
Studio Master: SIGCD553Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 2 on SIGCD553 [2'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD553 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-18-55302
Duration
2'31
Recording date
28 April 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & George Collins
Hyperion usage
  1. Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres (SIGCD553)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: November 2018
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