Music of the Week: June 11, 2021: Lachrimae or Seven Tears – 1604 (John Dowland)

Immerse yourself in this sonic universe of contrasts where Jordi Savall effortlessly takes you through periods of darkness and light, sadness and joy, tension and relaxation. He creates this delicate balance by alternating two types of dances: the pavan, a slow processional dance, and the galliard, an athletic dance, which was Queen Elizabeth I of England’s favorite morning “workout”.

John Dowland (1563 – 1626) was an English or possibly Irish Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs but also his instrumental music.

More on the artist Jordi Savall on Wikipedia.