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JOHN DOWLAND  

(1563 - 1626)

John Dowland, of English or possibly Irish origin, was born in 1563, probably in London. He was a lutenist of distinction but failed, allegedly because he was a Catholic, to win a position in the royal service, seeking his fortune abroad at Kassel and later, in 1598, at the court of Christian IV of Denmark. He was forced by debt to return to England in 1606 and eventually won appointment as one of the King’s Lutes in 1612. He performed during the funeral ceremonies of King James I and himself died the following year. Dowland was the composer, in particular, of one of the best-known songs of the period, Flow, my teares, music much imitated and epitomising the fashionable humour of the day: melancholy. Dowland himself provided an apt pun on his own name—‘Dowland, semper dolens’ (‘Dowland, always grieving’)—although he had a reputation as a cheerful man, despite being professionally embittered by his long failure to find employment at the English court.

Vocal Music

Dowland was above all the composer of lute songs, publishing his first collection of airs in 1597, followed by a second in 1600 and a third in 1603. He left over 80 secular songs and these include Come again: sweet love doth now endite, Fine knacks for ladies and Flow, my teares, among many others of moving intensity.

Lute Music

For the lute itself Dowland wrote fantasias and dance movements including pavanes, galliards, almains and jigs.

Other Instrumental Music

The best known of Dowland’s instrumental compositions is his famous Lachrimae or Seaven Teares, for five viols and lute. This work includes a series of dance movements, chiefly galliards, and solemn pavanes, using the theme familiar from the lute song Flow, my teares.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
DOWLAND Complete Lute Music Naxos 8.504016
DOWLAND Songs of Tears, Dreams and Spirits Naxos 8.503188

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
All the Queen's Men - Music for Elizabeth I (Sarum Consort, Mackay) Naxos
8.572582
Instrumental, Vocal
AMARCORD: Book of Madrigals (The) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20304
Classical Concert
Art and Music: Rubens - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558067
Chamber Music
ARTISTRY OF CLAS PEHRSSON (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-135
Chamber Music
Bach / Dowland / Isaac / Machaut: Antiquities BIS
BIS-CD-1229
Chamber Music
Brass Ensemble Arrangements - TORRE, F. de la / SUSATO, T. / GESUALDO, C. / DOWLAND, J. / MONTEVERDI, C. (Then) (Stockholm Chamber Brass) BIS
BIS-2017
Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music
Chamber Music - EIKE, B. / HOLBORNE, A. / DOWLAND, J. / BIBER, H.I.F. von / BUXTEHUDE, D. (The Image of Melancholy) (Eike) BIS
BIS-2057
Chamber Music, Vocal
Chamber Music - WIDMANN, E. / DOWLAND, J. / KARPELES, N. (The Mystic and the Muse - Celebrating 600 Years of Women in Music) (Ensemble Galilei) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90247
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Brass Quintet) - SCHEIDT, S. / FERRABOSCO II, A. / MORLEY, T. / HOLBORNE, A. / WEELKES, T. / SIMPSON, T. (American Brass Quintet) Delos
DE3003
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Renaissance) – D'ESTREE, J. / JOHNSON, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. / ALLISON, R. / MORLEY, T. / BYRD, W. / DOWLAND, J. (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90142
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Renaissance) - PHILIDOR, P.D. / BUSNOYS, A. / LUZZASCHI, L. / MONTEVERDI, C. (A Renaissance Tour of Europe) (New York Kammermusiker) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90133
Chamber Music
CLASSIC MOODS - BACH, J.S. / VIVALDI, A. / BUFFARDIN, P.-G. / DOWLAND, J. / ALBINONI, T.G. / HANDEL, G.F. / PURCELL, H. / PESCETTI, G.B. Capriccio
C18409
Instrumental
CLASSIC MOODS - VIVALDI, A. / DOWLAND, J. / MALATS, J. / TARREGA, F. / ALBENIZ, I. / SOR, F. / SANZ, G. / BOCCHERINI, L. / CARULLI, F. Capriccio
C18417
Instrumental
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 1: 1500-1825 Naxos Educational
8.550779
Orchestral
Discover Early Music Naxos Educational
8.558170-71
Vocal, Chamber Music
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 5 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90005
Instrumental
DOWLAND (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556840
Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Burst forth, my tears - The Music of John Dowland Naxos
8.578015-16
Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Game of Mirrors (A) (D. Chevallier, Magouet, Helstroffer) Carpe Diem
CD-16302
Vocal
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music (McFarlane) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90148
Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 1 (North) - Fancyes, Dreams and Spirits Naxos
8.557586
Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 2 (North) - Dowland's Tears Naxos
8.557862
Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 3 (North) - Pavans, Galliards and Almains Naxos
8.570449
Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Lute Music, Vol. 4 (North) - The Queen's Galliard Naxos
8.570284
Instrumental, Chamber Music
DOWLAND, J.: Mandolin Arrangements (An Englishman in New York) (Brent, Sariel) Orlando Records
OR0007
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
DOWLAND: Complete Solo Lute Music BIS
BIS-CD-722-24
Instrumental
DOWLAND: Consort Music and Songs Naxos
8.553326
Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal
DOWLAND: First Booke of Songs or Ayres (The) BIS
BIS-CD-430
Vocal
DOWLAND: Flow My Tears and Other Lute Songs Naxos
8.553381
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
DOWLAND: Lachrimae, or seaven teares BIS
BIS-CD-315
Chamber Music
DOWLAND: Selected Lute Music BIS
BIS-CD-824
Instrumental
DOWLAND: Songs for his Elizabethan Patrons BIS
BIS-SACD-1475
Vocal
ELIZABETHAN SONGS BIS
BIS-CD-257
Vocal
English Lute Duets BIS
BIS-CD-267
Instrumental, Chamber Music
English String Festival Naxos
8.550331
Orchestral
FOOD OF LOVE (THE) - Early Instrumental Music of the British Isles (Hesperus) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90290
Chamber Music
Guitar Recital: Kevin Gallagher Naxos
8.554444
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Larousse, Florian - DOWLAND, J. / REGONDI, G. / JOSE, A. / ANGELO, N. d' / COSTE, N. Naxos
8.572565
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mesirca, Alberto - DOWLAND, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BERKELEY, L. / FRIPP, R. / WHETTAM, G. / MAXWELL DAVIES, P. (British Guitar Music) Paladino Music
PMR0027
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Tennant, Scott - KROUSE, I. / YORK, A. / BOGDANOVIC, D. / DUARTE, J. / HEAD, B. / RUIZ-PIPO, A. / MOMPOU, F. / DOWLAND, J. Delos
DE3207
Instrumental
HEAVENLY NOYSE: English Music for Mixed Consort BIS
BIS-CD-451
Chamber Music
Historic Organ at Frederiksborg Castle (The) Dacapo
8.224057
Instrumental
JOCULATORES UPSALIENSES: Woods, Women and Wine BIS
BIS-CD-120
Vocal
KIRKBY, Emma: Musique and Sweet Poetrie - Jewels from Europe around 1600 BIS
BIS-SACD-1505
Vocal
Lute Duo Recital: McFarlane, Ronn / Simms, William - JOHNSON, J. / MARCHANT, J. / DANYEL, J. (Two Lutes: Lute Duets from England's Golden Age) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92155
Instrumental
Lute Music (16th-17th Centuries) - DOWLAND, J. / MARCHANT, J. / ROBINSON, T. / HECKEL, W. / MILANO, F. da / ARPINUS, J. (Lautten Compagney) Capriccio
C10438
Instrumental
Lute Recital: DOWLAND, J. / BYRD, W. (Blame not my Lute: Elizabethan Lute Music and Poetry) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92105
Instrumental
Lute Recital: Lindberg, Jakob - DOWLAND, J. / ROBINSON, T. / JOHNSON, R. / BACHELER, D. / HELY, C. (Jacobean Lute Music) BIS
BIS-2055
Instrumental
Lute Recital: McFarlane, Ronn – ATTAINGNANT, P. / LE ROY, A. / BYRD, W. / CUTTING, F. / JUDENKUNIG, H. / NEWSIDLER, H. (The Renaissance Lute) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90186
Instrumental
Lute Recital: McFarlane, Ronn - BACH, J.S. / WEISS, S.L. / LE ROY, A. / NEUSIDLER, H. / BALLARD, R. (The Art of the Lute - The Best of Ronn McFarlane) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90022
Instrumental
Lute Recital: Rost, Monika - NEUSIDLER, H. / GERLE, H. / DENSS, A. / ROBINSON, T. / DOWLAND, J. (Songs and Dances for Lute) Capriccio
C10164
Instrumental
Lute Recital: Timofeyev, Oleg - BRACK, G. / DALZA, J.A. / DOWLAND, J. / JOHNSON J. / ARCADELT, J. / BRUSINA, B. de / SANDRINI, P. (The Lviv Lute) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92134
Instrumental
MASTERPIECES FOR CHOIR BIS
BIS-CD-148
Choral - Secular
Medieval Music - BUSNOYS, A. / GESUALDO, C. / MONTEVERDI, C. / GIBBONS, O. / BULL, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. (Angels of Antiquity) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90009
Instrumental
MUSIC FOR SHAKESPEARE'S THEATRE Naxos
8.570708
Instrumental
MUSIC FOR VIOLA DA GAMBA AND LUTE BIS
BIS-CD-22
Chamber Music
MUSIC FROM THE TIME OF CHRISTIAN IV: Instrumental Ensemble and Lute Music BIS
BIS-CD-390
Chamber Music, Instrumental
MUSIC FROM THE TIME OF CHRISTIAN IV: Songs and Harpsichord Music BIS
BIS-CD-391
Vocal
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SCOTLAND: A Musical Tour of the Country's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110519
Classical Concert
My First Lullaby Album Naxos
8.578213
Vocal
NINE NOTES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92169
Chamber Music
PURCELL, H. / DOWLAND, J.: Vocal Music (Orpheus in England) (Kirkby, Lindberg) BIS
BIS-CD-1725
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
QUEENES COMMAND (THE): Masterpieces of Elizabethan Keyboard Music BIS
BIS-CD-539
Instrumental
Renaissance Music - BENNET, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. / PLAYFORD, J. / JOHNSON, J. / FARRANT, R. (Nymphidia: The Court of Faerie) (Pantagruel) Carpe Diem
CD-16282
Vocal
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / HOLMES, M. / FARNABY, G. / CAMPION, T. / DOWLAND, J. / MORLEY, T. (Elizabeth's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90015
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / WILSON, J. / JOHNSON, R. / DOWLAND, J. / HOLMES, M. / PLAYFORD, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. (Shakespeare's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90017
Instrumental
Renaissance Music - DOWLAND, J. / PLAYFORD, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. / WEBSTER, M. (Fortune My Foe - Music of Shakespeare's Time) (Les Witches) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93182
Chamber Music
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1944 American Recordings (The) (Segovia, Vol. 1) Naxos Historical
8.111087
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 4 (Segovia, Vol. 6) Naxos Historical
8.111092
Instrumental
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Vocal
THEATRE OF EARLY MUSIC: Love Bade Me Welcome - Songs and Poetry from the Renaissance BIS
BIS-CD-1446
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Vocal
Vocal and Instrumental Music (English) - JONES, R. / DOWLAND, J. / CAMPION, T. (Lie Down, Poor Heart - English Lute Songs and Folk Ballads) (Taylor) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90287
Vocal
Vocal and Lute Music (English) - MORLEY, T. / CAMPION, T. / DOWLAND, J. / FERRABOSCO II, A. / HOLBORNE, A. (Greensleeves) (Baird, McFarlane) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90126
Vocal
Vocal Music - WEILL, K. / DOWLAND, J. / GABRIEL, P. / GABRIELI, A. / CERTON, P. / RODGERS, R. / MANCHICOURT, P. de (… just songs!) (Die Singphoniker) Oehms Classics
OC801
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal Recital (Baroque): Kirkby, Emma (The Artistry of Emma Kirkby) BIS
BIS-CD-1734-35
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Barna-Sabadus, Valer - PURCELL, H. / MATTEIS, N. / DOWLAND, J. (To touch, to kiss, to die) Oehms Classics
OC870
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
Vocal Recital: Hellwig, Cornelia - DOWLAND, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BERKELEY, L. (Songs of the Half Light) Carpe Diem
CD-16252
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Schreier, Peter - BACH, J.S. / DOWLAND, J. / SCHUTZ, H. / EINEM, G. von / SCHUBERT, F. Capriccio
C10047
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Stade, Frederica - SCHUMANN, R. / CHAUSSON, E. / SCHUBERT, F. / SCARLATTI, A. / MOZART, W.A. (Duets, Arias, Scenes and Songs) Newton Classics
NC8802125
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Urrey, Frederick - DOWLAND, J. / CAMPION, T. / HOLBORNE, A. / ROSSETER, P. (O Mistress Mine - A Collection of English Lute Songs) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90136
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Yamada, Chiyomi - NARVAEZ, L. de / FUENLLANA, M. de / CACCINI, G. / DOWLAND, J. / ICHIJURO, K. / HUYGENS, C. (Kurofune) Carpe Diem
CD-16283
Vocal
World of Early Music Naxos
8.554770-71
Vocal




 
 
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