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Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again

1597; The First Booke of Songs or Ayres
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Dear, if you change opens a series of more freely composed works. Dowland again matches the music to the rhetorical structure; after a series of ‘if’ clauses, an ‘imperative’ to his mistress, ‘Dear, Sweet, Fair, Wise, change, shrink, nor be not weak’ is set to a clarion high E, while the last line has a wonderful syncopation. The same music works for the second verse, where the list of ‘ifs’ is replaced by a list of impossible things that will happen before the singer’s love proves false.

from notes by Christopher Goodwin © 2018


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


Track 7 on SIGCD553 [3'16] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD553 track 7

Recording date
28 April 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & George Collins
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  1. Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres (SIGCD553)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2018
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