Dowland’s Lachrimae. John Dowland, the finest lutenist of his generation and one of England’s greatest composers, was born years ago in In he. CDH – Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares. CDH Digital booklet (PDF) · John Dowland (). Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares. The Parley. By , the famed Elizabethan lutenist John Dowland was so closely associated with his most popular composition, the ‘Lachrimae’ pavan, that he was already.

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DOWLAND Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

Fretwork’s original approach was to present the pavans and the rest on separate discs, juxtaposing them with music by Byrd, but here they are reissued as an entirety, with the dances in their original published order—the whole book ‘as is’.

An interesting approach to the English G minor setting can be found in the Thesaurus Harmonicus of the French lutenist Jean-Baptiste Besard Cologne,who spent much of his career in Germany as a lute teacher.

Semper Dowland semper dolens 9. Even at dowlqnd early stage, the melody of the English version is disappearing and the piece is beginning to be treated as a chord sequenceserving as a basis for further elaboration.

John Dowland’s “Lachrimae”

These settings, along with that attributed to another Sweelinck pupils, Scheidemannare particularly flamboyant, each featuring complex and unique divisions.

The aim of this study, then, is to collate as much of this material as possible and present some preliminary hypotheses regarding in particular the transmission of this piece across mainland Europe. Dowland, of course, was in Nuremburg inso it is not beyond the realms of possibility that this piece may odwland originated from him in some sense.

Several clues suggest this dependancy upon the song, not least a handful of melodic details which mirror the syllabic patterns of the texted cantus part e. The King of Denmark’s Galliard Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Because most of my Intavolations are never heard before, I decided to make a simple computer synthesized audio file lachrimad hearing control. The problem of enforced registral lachrikae of the bass line between bars 13 and 14 of the G minor versions the low F is not available on a six-course lute is avoided in A minor settings Example 2although this key requires higher dwland positions throughout and generally asks more difficult stretches of the player.


These can be subdivided according to their tonality and warrant a brief summary.

Henceforth, actors were forbidden to work in England unless they were under the patronage of the Queen or a prominent courtier. The site is also available in several languages. This process would have lachrimas exacerbated by the copying of flawed printed versions into manuscript anthologies with all errors intact; the direct copy of this one in Nauclerus serves as an excellent case in point.

Several perplexing unica serve to emphasise the incompleteness of the surviving picture, not least the fascinating F minor lute setting in Eyserttwhich, although tangential to the patterns of transmission identified in this paper, nevertheless seems to be a good, error-free version.

Captain Digorie Piper his Galliard English expatriates tended to use the pavan for their most serious thoughts, perhaps because most were string players or lutenists rather than organists or choirmasters—who wrote much of the consort repertory in England and used the fantasy as their main form.

The second was two centuries later, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, when a number of English composers and instrumentalists found work at northern European courts. As we lachrrimae see, the simple two-part dowlland offered great potential to both composers and performers. John Dowland probably had mixed motives for leaving England in But only Dowland created a variation suite of seven pavans, linked by the opening four-note descending theme and by a subtle web of thematic and harmonic inter-relationships.

John Langton’s Pavan The Earl of Essex Galliard To single out just one instance, the highest pitch of the very first chord is carelessly omitted, thus ruining the famous descending tetrachord. The collection is also typical of the Anglo-German repertory in that it is scored specifically for strings.

In some later sources, the piece has been adapted for an instrument with additional bass strings.

Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares. Doch nur Dowland vowland eine Variations-Suite von sieben Pavanen, die durch ein einleitendes Thema von vier absteigenden Noten und ein feines Gewebe von thematischen und harmonischen Beziehungen verbunden sind. This page is only for complete editions and multiple selections from the collection here.


George Whitehead his Almand. Jahrhundert in mehr als einer Tonart erhalten geblieben. Simon Groot has recently shown that much of the music in this print is taken from printed sources lachrimxe from England or with strong English connections, and has suggested that the cittern dowlahd were produced either by Valerius or by someone within his circle, since they are derived from the vocal versions of the melodies.

Certainly, there were A minor versions dating from at least the same time as the early G minor sources, with a unique A minor setting with divisions also occurring in Dd.

Lachrimae, or Seven Tears (Dowland, John)

Another instance of a Continental lute arrangement derived from the English G minor version can be found in Fuhrmannascribed to V[alentin] S[trobel]. These musical details suggest very strongly that the Herold setting is also the work of Van den Hove, something which is further supported by the fact that many of the pieces located nearby in Herold are either ascribed to him or were included in Florida a year before Herold was copied from its exemplar.

Professional instrumentalists at the time would have made such transpositions as a matter of routine to suit the ranges and the character of different types of instrument, and a number of sixteenth-century dances survive in more than one key, presumably for this reason. More information about this can be found here.

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Scanned at dpi grayscale, improved, converted dow,and monochrome. It is our belief that the work reported in this paper represents about the limit that could be undertaken manually within a reasonable period of time. The undivided strains employ essentially the same structural pitches throughout, suggesting that they are derived from a common harmonic template.