Dowland, John - Flow my Tears - Duo

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Dowland, John - Flow my Tears - Duo

Post by Denian Arcoleo » Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:36 pm

Is this the saddest song ever written? :(
I'm accompanying a singer and this is one of her pieces. I've arranged it for two guitars and double-tracked.
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Post by Erik Zurcher » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:55 pm

Wonderful arrangement and sensitively played, Denian. We can only guess, but John Dowland must have had a good reason to write this.
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Post by Denian Arcoleo » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:02 am

Thanks Erik.
e.zurcher wrote:We can only guess, but John Dowland must have had a good reason to write this.
Indeed. I don't think he was a very happy chappy :lol:

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Post by Vesuvio » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:17 am

Hello Denian,

A lovely arrangement and recording—thank you. This is an excellent example of the power of music to affect us deeply,

Best wishes, V :) though perhaps I should insert :( but the beauty overwhelms the sadness so it's definitely :)
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Post by Denian Arcoleo » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:13 am

Thanks for listening Vesuvio :)

All the best
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Post by AussieGuitarist » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:03 am

Of course wonderful playing. You know Dowland arranged this himself as Lachrimae Pavan right?

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Post by Denian Arcoleo » Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:52 am

AussieGuitarist wrote:... You know Dowland arranged this himself as Lachrimae Pavan right?
I didn't know that. Thanks for that info, I'll have a listen to Lachrimae Pavan right now.

Cheers Aussie :)

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Post by bergmann » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:11 am

Very beautiful piece of music, which I have never heard before. The sound of the guitar is very lut-like.

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Post by AussieGuitarist » Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:27 am

I'd recommend Florian Larousse's version if you can get your hands on it. It's on Naxos, my favourite recording by far.

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Post by lucy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:55 pm

:bravo: Very beautiful recording Denian.
Denian Arcoleo wrote:Is this the saddest song ever written? :(
I read somewhere that this piece was one of the biggest hits in Elizabethan England. :shock: It was arranged for all kinds of different ensembles. It just makes me wonder what that time must have been like to live in? :?

I have the complete Dowland played by Nigel North. It is a superb collection.
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Post by serl » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:53 am

That's just exquisite Denian, thanks a lot! :merci:

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Post by Nick Payne » Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:34 am

I don't think he was a very happy chappy
He did, after all, write another piece titled "Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens", which, if I remember my Latin correctly, translates as "Always Dowland, always doleful".

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Post by Denian Arcoleo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:03 am

Nick Payne wrote:He did, after all, write another piece titled "Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens", which, if I remember my Latin correctly, translates as "Always Dowland, always doleful".
Indeed.

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Post by pogmoor » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:51 am

AussieGuitarist wrote:Of course wonderful playing. You know Dowland arranged this himself as Lachrimae Pavan right?
Judging by the number of versions appearing in manuscript collections in the UK and on the continent Lachrimae seems to have been among the most popular of pieces at the turn of the 16th century. Dowland's own versions include the song Flow my Tears, the lute solo, Lachrimae Pavan and a consort version with the title Lachrimae Antiquae included in a collection of related pieces (Lachrimæ Antiquae, Lachrimæ Antiquae Novæ, Lachrimæ Gementes, Lachrimæ Tristes, Lachrimæ Coactae, Lachrimæ Amantis and Lachrimæ Veræ) - all being harmonically altered versions of the same tune. The collection as a whole was titled: Lachrimæ or seaven teares, figured in seaven passionate pavans, with divers other pavans, galliards and allemands, set forth for the lute, viols or violins, in five parts.

Evidently many other lutenists appropriated the tune and played it - it's one of those haunting tunes that does seem to work in different settings. Of course, it's essentially the same word as Lagrima - another tune that gets around a bit :)

I enjoyed your playing, Denian - it certainly catches the melancholy mood :merci:
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Post by Denian Arcoleo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:11 am

Thanks pogmoor :D

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