Dowland: Lachrimae (1604)

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Dowland's Lachrimae (1604) is perhaps the greatest but most enigmatic publication of instrumental music from before the eighteenth century. This new handbook, the first detailed study of the collection, investigates its publication history, its instrumentation, its place in the history of Renaissance dance music, and its reception history. Two extended chapters examine the twenty-one pieces in the collection in detail, discussing the complex internal relationships between the cycle of seven 'Lachrimae' pavans, ...
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Overview

Dowland's Lachrimae (1604) is perhaps the greatest but most enigmatic publication of instrumental music from before the eighteenth century. This new handbook, the first detailed study of the collection, investigates its publication history, its instrumentation, its place in the history of Renaissance dance music, and its reception history. Two extended chapters examine the twenty-one pieces in the collection in detail, discussing the complex internal relationships between the cycle of seven 'Lachrimae' pavans, the relationships between them and other pieces inside and outside the collection, and possible connections between the Latin titles of the seven pavans and Elizabethan conceptions of melancholy.
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Table of Contents

Note to the reader
Abbreviations
Preface
1 The document 1
English music publishing 1
Dowland's continental career 2
The publication of Lachrimae 3
The table layout 7
2 The instruments 13
Lachrimae and the Anglo-German repertory 16
Instrumentation 17
Chiavette and transposition 20
The lute part 22
3 The dance types 26
The pavan 26
The galliard 27
The almand 28
Composition, arrangement and performance 28
The Elizabethan dance repertory 30
The late Elizabethan pavan 31
Tonality 33
4 The seven 'Passionate Pavans' 36
'Lachrimae Antiquae' 36
The tear motif 40
Musical rhetoric 42
The nature of the cycle 46
Melancholy 50
'Lachrimae Antiquae Novae' 52
'Lachrimae Gementes' 53
'Lachrimae Tristes' 54
'Lachrimae Coactae' 56
'Lachrimae Amantis' 57
'Lachrimae Verae' 59
5 'Divers other Pavans, Galiards, and Almands' 61
The ordering of the collection 61
'Semper Dowland semper Dolens' 63
'Sir Henry Umptons Funerall' 65
'M. John Langtons Pavan' 66
'The Earle of Essex Galiard' 67
'Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard' 68
'M. Henry Noel his Galiard' 68
'Sir John Souch his Galiard' 69
'M. Giles Hobies his Galiard' 69
'M. Buctons Galiard' 71
'The King of Denmarks Galiard' 72
'M. Thomas Collier his Galiard with 2 Trebles' 73
'M. Nicholas Gryffith his Galiard' 73
'Mistresse Nichols Almand' 73
'M. George Whitehead his Almand' 74
6 Reception 75
Revival 78
Notes 81
Select bibliography 94
Index 96
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