Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar/Bas

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Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar/Bas

Post by gsilvergran » Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:37 pm

This is a live recording (with audience) made in a castle in Sweden 2006. It is me playing guitar and singing the bass, and a soprano singing lead.

For me this was really a new kind of challenge in terms of playing the lute-part on guitar and singing at the same time.
In my opinion, we play this piece a little too fast due to some nervousness. And also, I was a bit dry in my throath, so at one point in the end I can´t get my lowest note clean. Nevertheless, it was fun and a new experience for me.

In the future I might stick to playing only the guitar, and let other people do the singing ;)
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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by Vesuvio » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:54 am

Delightful! What a difficult task to play and sing so well,

Many thanks, V :D :bravo:
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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by gsilvergran » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:43 pm

Thank you!
As I said, the guitar might come a bit secondary in this recording since I had to sing.

As I understand it, Dowland himself would play the lute and sing the LEAD. Now that´s gotta be hard. I think I´ll try that! :)

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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by Tarbaby (1953 - 2016) » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:08 pm

This is really enjoyable to listen to! :bravo:

I don't think that either the guitar playing or your singing suffered in the least. Both of you have excellent enunciation and the words are perfectly clear and understandable. Your soprano partner has the perfect voice for this style of music. Clear, bell-like tones with no vibrato. Wonderful!

Thanks for sharing,


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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by KeMe » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:21 am

Beautiful performance.
Thank you for sharing your performance.


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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by edmond » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:31 pm

:casque: :casque: :casque: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

(The lowest notes are really very low...)

I have searched for the lyrics, as I understand not easily spoken english. Here they are :

Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.

Down vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are dark enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.

Never may my woes be relieved,
Since pity is fled;
And tears and sighs and groans my weary days
Of all joys have deprived.

From the highest spire of contentment
My fortune is thrown;
And fear and grief and pain for my deserts
Are my hopes, since hope is gone.

Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
Learn to condemn light
Happy, happy they that in hell
Feel not the world's despite.

Listening to you was a very great pleasure !


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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by sxedio » Mon Mar 28, 2011 5:55 pm

Interesting. I thought Dowland's versions include single voice and lute, and multiple voices a capella (and of course purely instrumental versions). Did you write the bass voice part based on the lute part or is it borrowed from the a capella version?
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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by lucy » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:05 pm

:bravo: Lovely performance and so heartfelt. I enjoyed it. :)
Well done for playing and singing at the same time - that is not easy! Your partner sang very well too. :casque:

Edmond, many thanks for posting the words. I play a solo guitar version of this piece, (transcribed from the lute), and it seems the words really are as sad as the music. :( I read somewhere that this was one of the most popular pieces in the Elizabethan era - it does make me wonder what the late 1500s were like! :shock:

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Re: Dowland, John - Lacrime (Flow My Tears), Soprano + Guitar

Post by gsilvergran » Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:46 pm

I always though that this was the original piece written in such a way that you could choose to use the bass vocals or not.
It was my teacher from long ago that introduced me to this piece, and the scores I got had his name on it (Finale scores).
The bass vocals are quite similar to the bass notes played on the guitar but it might be the acapella voice, not sure.
I'll have to contact him and ask! He might have arranged it himself. Or simply merged two arragements.

Edmond, it was just that powerful word "hell" in the end which is the lowest note for the bass. I nailed it a hundred times before this concert, too bad I messed up that particular time. Usually I can go a whole step lower than that.

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