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The English Lute song flowered for a single generation, between 1597 and 1622, which are the dates of the first and last published collections. John Dowland was the finest composer of lute songs in... English, and one of the greatest of all European songwriters. In this programme Dr. Dinah Barsham presents three of his songs, performed by Desmond Dupre (lute) ard Robert Tear (tenor), in a way which brings out the main themes of the lute song, shows its brief development from simple strophic forms to a fusion with the new Italian declamatory style, and its mysterious origin and disappearance. The three songs by Dowland are 'Weep you no more, sad fountains', 'Fine knacks for ladies', and 'In darkness let me dwell'.
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Module code and title: A201, Renaissance and Reformation
Item code: A201; 19
Recording date: 1971-10-25
First transmission date: 01-06-1972
Published: 1972
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
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Duration: 00:17:55
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Producer: Alasdair Clayre
Contributors: Dinah Barsham; Desmond Dupre; Robert Tear
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): European Songwriters; Renaissance Music
Master spool number: TLN43FM210J
Production number: TLN43FM210J
Available to public: no