Since giving up television six weeks ago, I have spent some of my down time watching YouTube videos… some full length movies and some shorter video clips. Many of those videos are musical and range from Gregorian Chant to Buxtehude to Molly Hatchet.
A name kept coming up in my feed and while I ignored it at first, my curiosity finally got the best of me and I listened to the piece below by the late, British composer John Dowland (1563-1626).
His body of work is described as “Melancholy” and the “Lachrimae or Seaven Teares” & 14 Other Dances lives up to that description. Like much Renaissance music, it is heavy with Lute and calming in its effect.
Has anyone ever heard of him?
Before this week, I had not, but I’ve become a fan, almost 400 years after he died.
I hope you enjoy this work, complete with the familiar snap, crackle and pop of a phonograph needle making it’s way though the spiral grove on a vinyl platter.