John Dowland

Biography John Dowland

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... read moreJohn Dowland (ca. 1563-1626) was an English composer of the Renaissance who was famous for his melancholy music and character. A brilliant lutenist, Dowland performed in several courts in continental Europe, yet only found a royal appointment in England as late as 1612. Publication in 1597 of the...

Country Of origin: England

A British composer of melancholy songs, lute music, and sacred and secular vocal music. Dowland was one of the greatest and most insightful songwriters who ever lived. His instrumental works demonstrate a mastery of contrapuntal complexity and a feeling for rhythmic liveliness. His famous "Lachrimae," (or Seaven Teares,) was also acclaimed in literary circles. ~ Blue Gene Tyranny~ Rovi