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Thursday, July 8, 2010

John Dowland: Selected Works for Guitar

English composer and lutenist, John Dowland traveled to Paris in 1580 as 'servant' to the ambassador to the King of France, and returned in 1584 a converted Catholic. In 1588 he departed to Oxford for a "Bacheler of Musick" (sic), and in 1592 came his opportunity to perform before Queen Elizabeth herself, when the masque of Daphne and Apollo was presented for her entertainment at Sudeley Castle.

This opportunity was not realized, for when one of the queen's lutenists died in 1594, Dowland applied for the post and was rejected. Dowland speculated bitterly that it was his Catholicism ...

Read More John Dowland: Selected Works for Guitar via Ileen Zovluck


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