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English Ayre

John Dowland was an Elizabethan composer, singer and lutenist. He is well known for displays of melancholia in his music and even titled one of his pieces Semper Dowland, semper dolens (Always Dowland always doleful). His prowess as a composer of “art songs” has inspired some of today’s “pop” musicians and both Elvis Costello and Sting have recorded his music.

John Dowland

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Unquiet Thoughts   John Dowland (1563—1626)     3.12 mins

Finally an item in English. This piece comes from John Dowland’s “First Booke of Songs or Ayres”. Much of his output was written for solo voice and lute, but in this publication Dowland himself included lower voice parts.

The item was informally recorded during a live performance in St Matthew’s Church, Leeds and appears on the choir’s CD Sacred and Secular

Portrait of John Dowland