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1 Dowland’s Galliard
piece by the leading lutenist-composer of Shakespeare’s age is perhaps
to the lively spirit of
the original Galliard dance than
many tunes that bear the name.
2 Pavan :The Countess of
at Elizabeth’s court and a
prolific composer of
both solo and consort music,
Holborne (died 1602) was much admired by Dowland,
who often echoed him. This piece is
the writer and
artistic patron Mary
Sidney Herbert, Countess
Pembroke and sister
of Sir Philip Sidney.
3 Planxty Irwin/My lodging
is on the cold ground Turlough O’Carolan/Anon.
first piece is a famous planxty or tribute-tune by the
great harp composer
second is best known through Thomas Moore’s lyric “Believe me
if all those
charms” (around 1800) but is much older, and may originally
been an English
or Scots dance tune.
4 Allemande from Cello Suite
No..1 (BWV 1007)
S. Bach (1685-1750)
cello suites have been transcribed
many instruments, and
seem especially well suited to
the guitar. Bach himself did much
recasting of his own work.
5 Lament for Owen O’Rourke
of Carolan’s sparer and more mysterious tunes, although the
version we have is
incomplete. Only the harper’s melody lines
survive, but he was a great admirer of Italian
composers such as
Geminiani (whom he
often met in Dublin) and Corelli,so that this
Baroque arrangement seems in order.
6 The Blue-eyed
very old English reel that appears in several Morris traditions
7 Captain Digorie Piper’s
fine example of the slower, thoughtful form that many of
Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of his Halfpence
The odd title
satirises an English minter of coins whose royal patent
outraged the Irish in the 1720s.
its origin in mockery, it
is a beautiful and haunting tune.
9 The Night Watch
too wrote different versions of many tunes. This almain
English form of allemande)
was arranged for lute, cittern and bandora as well
as for various consorts.
10 Three Minuets from
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
originally written for the harpsichord by the major English
composer of the
11 The Frog
his characteristic melancholy (which
may have been partly a
fashionable affectation )
Dowland wrote many a
merry tune, none more inventive or more popular than this.
of the great tunes, sometimes attributed to Henry
13 Miss Hamilton
Lyons ( c.1670-1740
is the only surviving
by Lyons, Carolan’s
harper to the Earl
of Antrim. The second part may
include an imitation of wedding bells.
14 Mr Dowland’s
melancholy almain, to match his “Melancholy Galliard.”
15 Gavotte en Rondeau from
Lute Suite No.3 (BWV 995 )
began, like the earlier allemande, as a cello piece, but was arranged
for lute by the composer
Robin is to the Greenwood Gone
of many versions of this popular Elizabethan song,
also known as
“Bonny Sweet Robin.”
17. Come Heavy Sleep
of Dowland’s many great songs. This arrangement combines the
vocal and lute