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March 5, 2022

Saturday morning quotes 8.36: Diversions

With each passing day, the world becomes increasingly fraught for so many people—we are clearly in need of a diversion. We offer a just a few items of distraction that may serve the purpose, including some of our musical favorites of the moment. “One of the paradoxes of contemporary musical study is the fact that […]

November 10, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.18: Last tear

We return with just a few final words supplementary to our seven-part series on John Dowland’s Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, and we add a bit more commentary on the most substantial piece of evidence revealing a glimpse of the character of the man himself,  Dowland’s 1595 letter to Robert Cecil. In a previous post, we […]

October 20, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.16: Lachrimæ VII

This is the seventh and (perhaps) final post of our series on John Dowland’s Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, a work of instrumental ensemble music for five bowed instruments and lute published in 1604.  For our seventh post on the subject we offer a summation of important points we have made thus far in the series. […]

October 6, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.15: Lachrimæ VI

So far our series on Dowland’s Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares has offered a discussion on the origins of the Lachrimæ motif, a survey of the pavans for lute solo that were and were not the basis for the seven pavans for viols or violins and lute, a few theories on the Latin names, the symbolism […]

September 7, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.12: Lachrimæ III

“Hauing in forren parts met diuers Lute-lessons of my composition, publisht by strangers without my name or approbation; I thought it much more conuenient, that my labours should passe forth vnder mine owne allowance, receiuing from me their last foile and polishment; for which consideration I haue vndergone this long and troublesome work, wherein I […]

August 31, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.11: Lachrimæ II

We continue our examination of Dowland’s famous musical emblem as background to his publication, Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, a collection of instrumental music for five viols or violin family instruments and lute published in 1604. In our previous post we discussed Dowland’s source for the “falling tear” motif, and made a strong case for the […]

September 28, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.14: Lachrimæ V

We return to our series on John Dowland’s Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares after an unplanned interruption with a few posts on the subject of Shakespeare.  For today’s post we revisit the lute solo versions of the Lachrimæ pavan thought to be Dowland’s inspiration for the 1604 collection for five viols—or violins—and lute, and indeed received […]

September 15, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.13: Lachrimæ IV

This is the fourth in our series on John Dowland’s important work of instrumental music, Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares, published in 1604.  While the beauty and immediacy of the music is more or less easily grasped by performers and non-specialists alike, the order, the deeper meaning and the overarching concept of Dowland’s work has lain […]

August 24, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.10: Lachrimæ

We have already written an in-depth series on the possible musical background and training of John Dowland (1563 – 1626). This is the first of a few posts focusing on Dowland’s Lachrimæ motif in general and the 1604 collection of instrumental music in five parts in particular. Lachrimæ is quite literally John Dowland’s signature composition, and […]