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Lute Music of John Dowland

John Dowland stands out as the most tuneful Elizabethan lute composer. Whether creating tunes for dances, variatons on popular ballads or weaving a contrapuntal fantasia, his melodies lodge in the memory and resound there long after the music has stopped. Over half of Dowland's compostitions are written in dance forms - mostly pavans, galliards and almains. These pieces are written as art music, not intended to accompany dancing, though they embody the character of the physical movements of the dance. - Ronn McFarlane


January 1, 1991


  1. A Varietie of Lute Lessons: Sir John Smith, his Almain, P. 47
  2. Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, P. 19
  3. My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home, P. 66
  4. Melancholy Galliard, P. 25
  5. Lady Hunsdon's Puffe, P. 54
  6. Piper's Pavan, P. 8
  7. A Varietie of Lute Lessons: The Earl of Essex, his Galliard, P. 42, "Can she excuse"
  8. Fantasie No. 1
  9. Fortune my foe, P. 62
  10. Lady Laiton's Almain, P. 48
  11. Lachrimae, P. 15: Lachrimae
  12. A Varietie of Lute Lessons: The Most Sacred Queen Elizabeth, her Galliard, P. 41
  13. Tarleton's Resurrection, P. 59
  14. Mrs. Winter's Jump, P. 55
  15. Prelude, P. 98: Preludium
  16. Dowland's Galliard, P. 20
  17. Go from my window, P. 64
  18. Round Battle Galliard, P. 39
  19. What if a day, P. 79
  20. The Shoemaker's Wife, A Toy, P. 58
  21. A Fancy No. 5
  22. Mr. Dowland's Midnight, P. 99
  23. Dr. Case's Pavan, P. 12
  24. Orlando Sleepeth, P. 61
  25. A Varietie of Lute Lessons: The Right Honourable the Lady Clifton's Spirit, P. 45
  26. Semper Dowland semper dolens, P. 9
  27. The Frog Galliard, P. 23
  28. Mrs. White's Nothing, P. 56
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