Dowland | Four Pieces (Book 2) for solo guitar

Dowland | Four Pieces (Book 2) for solo guitar

Model: TECLA 0794
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These four pieces were originally composed for the lute, and have here been transcribed for the guitar by Brian Jeffery from the original tablature. The collection was previously published by Oxford University Press and has now been assigned to Tecla Editions.

(Note: this is simple A4 sheet music, without cover).



Lachrimae Pavane
Fantasia (this is the one which has at the end what we might call tremolo)
Fortune my foe
Galliard: Mignarda

The solemn ‘Lachrimae Pavane’ is probably the most famous of all pieces ever written for the lute: it is an instrumental version of the song ‘Flow, my tears’ from Dowland’s Second Book of Airs (1600). The Fantasia that follows is remarkable for its use, at the end, of what we call tremolo, and is probably the earliest known example of that technique. It is anonymous in the source, but seems more likely to be by Dowland than by any other lutenist of his day. ‘Fortune my Foe’, based on the popular tune of the same title, may have started life as an accompaniment to that tune, but Dowland’s setting came to be known as a solo piece. ‘Mignarda’ is an instrumental setting of the song ‘Shall I strive’ from Dowland’s Fourth Book of Airs (1612).

This collection is one of a series of seven titles originally published by Oxford University Press, all of them lute music arranged for guitar by Brian Jeffery.

Referenced in our 2017 Anniversaries article by Irene Gomez.

The seven titles in the series, now all available from Tecla, are:

Renaissance Popular Music (TECLA 0791)
Francis Cutting- Five Pieces (TECLA 0792)
John Dowland- Four Pieces (TECLA 0793)
John Dowland- Four More Pieces (TECLA 0794)
Anthony Holborne- Five Pieces (TECLA 0795)
Francis Pilkington- Five Pieces (TECLA 0796)
Six Elizabethan duets arranged for two guitars (TECLA 0797)

First published by Tecla in 1995.
This is music from the era of Shakespeare.


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