Giving In

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.

 

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Giving In

  1. Jim Borden says:

    I listened to a few minutes of it, and you are right, it is very calming. I also liked hearing that old snap, crackle, and pop from the needle on vinyl…

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  2. If I had the musical vocabulary to describe the way it was organized I would say that the first two “refrains”, the repetitiveness of them, would have closed off the piece quite nicely had they been added at the end. I expected to hear that same melody and was disappointed that it ended with what I thought was the middle melody of the piece. I can imagine a wealthy Renaissance gathering in a palatial setting listening to this music. Thanks for introducing your readers to something quite different and unique.

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