By Peter Holman

Dowland's Lachrimae (1604) is likely to be the best yet such a lot enigmatic e-book of instrumental track from sooner than the eighteenth century. This new instruction manual, the 1st designated learn of the gathering, investigates its booklet historical past, its instrumentation, its position within the background of Renaissance dance track, and its reception historical past. prolonged chapters learn the twenty-one items within the assortment intimately, discussing the advanced inner relationships among the cycle of 7 'Lachrimae' pavans, the relationships among them and different items inside and out the gathering, and attainable connections among the Latin titles of the seven pavans and Elizabethan conceptions of depression. The terribly multi-faceted nature of the gathering additionally leads the writer to light up questions of patronage, the ordering and layout of the gathering, pitch and transposition, tonality and modality, or even numerology.

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