Dowland’s Day

Ejby Kirke, Denmark
Tuesday, Mar 15, 2011 at 6.30pm

John Dowland was the most famous lutenist/songwriter of his day. His name appears in numerous literary works, including Shakespeare, suggesting that he was a household name, at least in artistic and aristocratic circles. He traveled in various parts of Europe, including a period working for Christian IV of Denmark. During that sojourn he composed his 2nd Book of songs, containing the most famous song of the day, his Lacrimae:‘Flow my tears.’ But there were many other extremely fine composers in England at that time: Byrd, Gibbons, Wilbye, Weelkes, and the lutenists Thomas Campion, Francis Pilkington, and Robert Jones. This program celebrates that most renowned period of English music, and is itself shaped loosely in the form of a day, passing from the activities of morning and afternoon, mostly spent in the outdoors, and then evening and night mostly indoors, particularly reflecting the cult of melancholy which pervaded the aesthetics of the time, and for which Dowland’s Lacrimae was the theme tune.


Songs and instrumental works by

John Dowland (1563-1626)
Francis Pilkington (c 1570-1638)
Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
Robert Jones (1577-1617)


Else Torp, soprano
Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass
Fredrik Bock, theorbo
Paul Hillier, artistic director

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