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John Dowland

John Dowland

Born: 2nd January 1563, London

Died: 20th February 1629, London

Nationality: English

John Dowland was an English or possibly Irish Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep", "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.

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Interview, Iestyn Davies on singing Dowland

British countertenor Iestyn Davies talks to Presto's David Smith about his new Dowland recording, The Art of Melancholy, out on 31st March on Hyperion Records.

Recording of the Week, Superb Scholl sings Dowland and his circle

The German countertenor captivates in a programme of lute and consort songs by the great Elizabethan ‘poet of melancholy’, John Dowland, with lutenist Julian Behr and Swiss-based viol quartet Concerto di Viole.

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