John Dowland


Wikipedia: " John Dowland (1563 – 1626) was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep" (the basis of Benjamin Britten's 1963 composition for guitar solo, Nocturnal after John Dowland), "Come again", "Flow my tears", "I saw my Lady weepe" and "In darkness let me dwell", but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century's early music revival, has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists. "

He tried to get a position at the royal court when John Johnson passed away. When he didn't succeed he started the first of his many travels and positions abroad.

His son Robert Dowland was also a musician, working for some time in the service of the first Earl of Devonshire, and taking over his father's position of lutenist at court when John died.

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Not yet added:

    • Whole Book of Psalms (1592)
    • New Book of Tablature (1596)
    • Lamentatio Henrici Noel (1596)
    • Second Book of Songs (1600)
    • Third Book of Songs (1603)
    • Lachrimae (1604)
    • Micrologus (1609)
    • Varietie of Lute-Lessons (1610)
    • Musicall Banquet (1611)

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