John Dowland (1563-1626)

 

John Dowland was a composer, lutenist and singer. Despite now being the most well-known and well-loved of lute song composers of this period, not much is known about his early life. In the early 1580s he was in the service of the English ambassadors to the French court and in 1588 he obtained his Bachelors degree in Music from Christ Church, Oxford. Having been unable to secure a position at Elizabeth I’s court in 1594 – Dowland maintained that his Roman Catholic faith scuppered his application – he moved to Denmark in 1598 to work in the courts of King Christian IV where he remained until 1606. Later in life he finally secured a place in the court of James I in England and remained there until his death in 1626. Dowland is most known for his melancholic style which was influenced heavily by popular dance styles of the day and consort music, including Italian madrigals of composers such as Luca Marenzio.

I am delighted to have available Dowland’s complete First Book of Songs or Ayres (1597) all edited by Daniel Thomson.

John Dowland Unquiet thoughts image
John Dowland Whoever thinks image
John Dowland My thoughts are wing'd image
John Dowland If my complaints image

I. Unquiet thoughts –
SATB (+ Lute)

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II. Whoever thinks or hopes of love for love –
SATB (+ Lute)

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III. My thoughts are wing’d with hopes –
SATB (+ Lute)

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IV. If my complaints could passions move –
SATB (+ Lute)

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John Dowland Can she excuse image
John Dowland Now o now image
John Dowland Dear if you change image
John Dowland Burst forth image

V. Can she excuse my wrongs with virtue’s cloak –
SATB (+ Lute)

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VI. Now, O now I needs must part –
SATB (+ Lute)

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VII. Dear, if you change I’ll never choose again –
SATB (+ Lute)

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VIII. Burst forth my tears –
SATB (+ Lute)

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IX. Go crystal tears –
SATB (+ Lute)

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X. Thinkst thou then by thy feigning –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XI. Come away, come sweet love –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XII. Rest a while you cruel cares –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XIII. Sleep wayward
thoughts –

SATB (+ Lute)

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XIV. All ye whom love or fortune hath betrayed –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XV. Wilt thou unkind thus reave me of my heart –
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XVI. Would my conceit that first enforced my woe –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XVII. Come again, sweet love doth now invite –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XVIII. His golden locks time hath to silver turned –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XIX. Awake, sweet love, thou art return’d –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XX. Come heavy sleep –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XXI. Away with these self-loving lads –
SATB (+ Lute)

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XXII. My lord chamberlaine his galliard –
(Lute solo)

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