go back to Keith Hinchliffe index of recordings   Ancient Music small guitar logo
wavy line

home page
tune books


   >Back to the CD page

1  Dowland’s Galliard                                                                                            John  Dowland (1563-1626)              
This piece by the leading lutenist-composer of Shakespeare’s age is perhaps closer to the lively spirit  
of the original Galliard dance than many tunes that bear the name.

2  Pavan :The Countess of Pembroke’s Paradise                                                         Anthony  Holborne  
A  gentleman-usher 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
dedicated to the writer  and artistic patron Mary Sidney Herbert,  Countess of Pembroke and sister 
of Sir Philip Sidney.

3  Planxty Irwin/My lodging is on the cold ground                                            Turlough  O’Carolan/Anon.      
The first piece is a famous planxty or tribute-tune by the great harp composer Turlough O’Carolan 
(1670-1738). The second is best known through Thomas Moore’s lyric “Believe me if all those 
endearing young charms” (around 1800) but is much older, and may originally have been an English 
or Scots dance tune.

4  Allemande from Cello Suite No..1  (BWV 1007)                                                             J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Bach’s cello suites have been  transcribed for 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                                                                                                      Turlough O’Carolan
One of Carolan’s sparer and more mysterious tunes, although the version we have is perhaps 
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 slightly 
Baroque arrangement seems in order.

6  The Blue-eyed Stranger                                                                                          English  Traditional           
A very old English reel that appears in several Morris traditions

7  Captain Digorie Piper’s Galliard                                                                                 John Dowland               
A fine example of the slower, thoughtful form that many of
Dowland’s galliards took.

8 Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of his Halfpence                                   Turlough O’Carolan 
The odd title satirises an English minter of coins whose royal patent outraged the Irish in the 1720s.

Despite its origin in mockery, it is a beautiful and haunting tune.

9  The Night Watch                                                                                                         Anthony  Holborn
Holborne too wrote different versions of many tunes. This almain (the English form of allemande) 
was arranged for lute, cittern and bandora as well as for various consorts.

10  Three Minuets from “Musick’s Handmaid”                                                                     Henry Purcell (1659-1695)        
Pieces originally written for the harpsichord by the major English composer of the Baroque period.

11   The Frog Galliard                                                                                                        John Dowland        
Despite 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.

12   Greensleeves Variations                                                                                       Anon.(16th  Century)      
One of the great tunes, sometimes attributed to Henry  V111 but
probably Elizabethan.

13   Miss Hamilton                                                                                                          Cornelius Lyons  ( c.1670-1740 )
This is the only  surviving original tune by  Lyons, Carolan’s contemporary and harper to the Earl 
of Antrim. The second part may include an imitation of wedding bells.

14   Mr Dowland’s Midnight                                                                                                John Dowland 
A melancholy almain, to match his “Melancholy Galliard.”

15  Gavotte en Rondeau from Lute Suite No.3 (BWV 995 )                                                    J. S. Bach          
This began, like the earlier allemande, as a cello piece, but was arranged for lute by the composer 

16 Robin is to the Greenwood Gone                                                               Thomas Robinson (1550-1609) 
One of many versions of this popular Elizabethan song,  also known as “Bonny  Sweet Robin.”

17.  Come Heavy Sleep                                                                                                        John Dowland 
One of Dowland’s many great songs. This arrangement combines the vocal and lute parts.

    email keithhinchliffe@tiscali.co.uk