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Lachrimae by John Dowland for Guitar (PDF)

Lachrimae by John Dowland for Guitar (PDF)

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Lachrimae (Poulton No.15) by John Dowland (1563-1626). PDF sheet music and video for classical guitar. Originally for Renaissance lute. Comes with both a notation edition with left hand fingering and a separate tab edition. The level is early-advanced (grade 9). This is a PDF Download.

Please note: The sheet music is fingered for relative lute tuning (tune the 3rd string down to F sharp), see videos below for lesson info. 

John Dowland was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs and lute compositions. Dowland is one of my favourite composers of the Elizabethan era and this work is an excellent set of themes and divisions. 

"This solo work was later arranged and composed into the Lachrimæ or seaven teares. The seven pavans are variations on a theme, the "Lachrimæ pavan", which Dowland had already made well known as a lute solo and a song. (That pavan was reworked into the song "Flow my tears" in Dowland's Second Book of Songs (1600)." Read more at WikipediaHere’s the YouTube Lesson Link if you want to watch it there. 

Video Performance and Lesson

Below is a video on relative lute tuning and capos. 

Below are some examples of Flow my Tears with Ellen Hargis (soprano) and Paul O’Dette (lute) followed by Nigel Rogers (tenor) and Paul O’Dette (lute). 

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