John Dowland is considered by many to be the greatest English lutenist of the Renaissance. Classical guitarist, Adam Levin will explore the diversity of song, ensemble, and instrumental music that he composed during his lifetime.
John Dowland, “The English Orpheus,” was arguably the most celebrated lutenist of his time and one of England’s greatest composers. His music was popular throughout Europe and was published in more cities than any other composer of the time. Nevertheless, Dowland’s career was filled with shattered dreams and frustrations, resulting in his adoption of the motto “Semper Dowland semper dolens” (Always Dowland, always sorrowing). The intense melancholy that pervades much of his music is a personal expression of the bitterness he felt due to the lack of a royal appointment and the lack of respect shown him by younger players. Though his sad works are justly famous, Dowland’s lively pieces, particularly his galliards, evoke a humor and wit. This program includes the performance of works that express a large array of emotions, styles and sensibilities.
Program – Adam Levin Plays Dowland
Mrs. Winter’s Jump
My Lord Willoughby Welcome Home
Dowland’s First Galliard
Queen Elizabeth’s Galliard
The Frog Galliard
Captain Candishe’s Galliard
Round Battle Galliard
Lady Clifton’s Spirit
Mr. Dowland’s Midnight