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Dowland, John

Born: 1562 AD
Died: 1626 AD, at 64 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Composers, Singer


1562 - Born on Westminster, London, England. English composer, virtuoso lutenist, and skilled singer, one of the most famous musicians of his time.

1580 - He went to Paris as a “servant” to Sir Henry Cobham, the ambassador to the French court.

1588 - He received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Oxford.

1594 - His conversion to Roman Catholicism, he believed, caused his rejection for a post as a court lutenist, and after that disappointment he left England to travel on the Continent.

1597 - His travels also took him to Nürnberg, Genoa, Florence, and Venice, and he had returned to England.

1598-1606 - Dowland became lutenist to Christian IV of Denmark, but he was dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct.

         - His famous Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans, became one of the most widely known compositions of the time.

1610-1612 - His through-composed songs as "In Darkness Let Me Dwell", "From Silent Night", and "Lasso vita mia", he introduced the Italian declamatory style, chromaticism, and dissonance; no alternative four-voice versions are given.

         - He entered the service of Theophilus, Lord Howard de Walden, and he was appointed one of the “musicians for the lutes” to James I.

1626 - He died on January 21st in London.


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