Dowland - Flow My Tears 2013

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  • Created by: Zee Hicks
  • Created on: 19-04-13 12:17
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  • Dowland - Flow My Tears
    • Background
      • Lute-Song or ayre
      • Based on pre-existing work: Pavan Lachimae
      • Published in 1600
      • Probably intended for a performance at court
      • Marked by a melancholy atmosphere, characteristic of the composer
    • Rhythm and metre
      • 4/4, characteristic of pavan
      • Syncopation
      • Dotted rhythms
      • Ornamental, shorter note lengths near cadences
    • Melody and Word-Setting
      • Opening stepwise         descending    line matches the text describing falling tears
      • Syllabic underlay, except for ornamental figuration in B7 and B23
      • Verbal and musical accentuation not always synchronised
      • Line broken by rests to convey "teares and sighes" at B12
      • First syllable of "happie" given the highest note in the melody
      • Overall range of a 9th, D-E
      • Opening four notes inverted at start of third section B17
      • Diminished 4th (G#-C) at B22
    • Harmony
      • Not consistently functional, but there are frequent cadences, both perfect and phrygian
      • Suspensions 7>6 at B1-2, 4>3 at B7
      • False relations B5
      • Tierce de picarde B8, B24
    • Tonality
      • A minor with aeolian inflections
      • Second section starts in C but finishes with a phrygian cadence in A minor
    • Structure
      • Tripartite - AABBCC, typical of pavan
    • Resources/Texture
      • Voice, lute, Bass Viol
      • Melody and accompaniment which hovers between homophony and free counterpoint
      • Dialogue B12
      • Brief imitation B13-14


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