Dowland called these pavans ‘passionate’… I would suggest again that they are passionate in the most fervent religious sense, in the intensely personal context of heartfelt prayer. The music is inward, private, certainly not intended for public display, but encouraging a focussed concentration more akin to participation in a ritual.
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• Listen to Dowland’s Lachrimae Antiquae, the first of the “seven tears”:
• Listen to Dowland’s Lachrimae Verae, seventh and last of the “seven tears”: