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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
Vocal, Instrumental
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
AYREHEART: Barley Moon Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92203
Pop and Rock
BABS, Alice: Yesterday (1966-1975) Prophone
PCD050
Contemporary Jazz
BIGOS, Misha Adair: Misha Yarlung Records
YAR99438
Contemporary Jazz
BRITTEN, V.: Songs from the Chinese / Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 6, "England" / Nocturnal after John Dowland (I. Fuchs, Gulyás) Proprius
PRSACD2075
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
Chamber Music, Vocal
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 5 Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90005
Instrumental
DOWLAND (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556840
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental
DOWLAND, J.: Burst forth, my tears - The Music of John Dowland Naxos
8.578015-16
Instrumental, Chamber Music, 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, Instrumental
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: Consort Music and Songs Naxos
8.553326
Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music
DOWLAND: Flow My Tears and Other Lute Songs Naxos
8.553381
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental
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: Jara, Xavier - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / COUPERIN, F. / DOWLAND, J. / RAWSTHORNE, A. / BOGDANOVIĆ, D. / ASSAD, S. / COLLINS, J.D. Naxos
8.573797
Instrumental
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
Guitar Recital: Victor, João Carlos - DOWLAND, J. / RODRIGO, J. / TÁRREGA, F. / RIOS FILHO, P. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. Naxos
8.573670
Instrumental
Harpsichord Recital: Chylek, Friederike - BYRD, W. / DOWLAND, J. / FARNABY, G. / JOHNSON, R. / PURCELL, H. / TOMKINS, T. (Time Stands Still) Oehms Classics
OC1864
Instrumental
Historic Organ at Frederiksborg Castle (The) Dacapo
8.224057
Instrumental
KLASSISKA PÄRLOR Swedish Society
SLT33214
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: 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
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
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SCOTLAND: A Musical Tour of the Country's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110519
Classical Concert
My First Classical Albums (9-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.509003
Vocal
My First Lullaby Album Naxos
8.578213
Vocal
NINE NOTES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92169
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / HOLMES, M. / FARNABY, G. / CAMPION, T. / DOWLAND, J. / MORLEY, T. (Elizabeth's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90015
Instrumental, 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
Saxophone and Lute Music (FLOW - Jazz and Renaissance from Italy to Brazil) (Siegmeth, Wolf) Oehms Classics
OC1826
Chamber Music
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
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Vocal
UNIDAS: Alas poore Men Gramola Records
Gramola98911
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
Vocal and Chamber Music -COPERARIO, G. / DOWLAND, J. / BENNET, J. / TOMKINS, J. / FORD, T. / HUME, T. (Can She Excuse?) (Ensemble Mikado) Gramola Records
Gramola98850
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: Babs, Alice - DOWLAND, J. / CAMPION, T. / ATTEY, J. / ROSSETER, P. (Elizabethan Love Songs) Swedish Society
SLT33206
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: 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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