Flow My Tears

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  • Created by: Megan
  • Created on: 11-05-13 17:42

Background

  • Intended for performance in court 
  • Based on pre-existing 'Pavan Lachrimae'
  • Lute song/ayre
  • Published in 1600
  • Melancholy atmosphere - characteristic of Dowland
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Rhythm and Metre

  • 4/4 - Characteristic of pavan (a slow, stately court dance of 16/17oos)
  • Syncopation
  • Ornamental, shorter notes near cadences 
  • Dotted rhythms
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Melody and Word Setting

  • Word painting!!
    -First syllable of 'happie' given the highest note of the melody (bar 20)
    -Melody line broken by rests to convey 'teares and sighes' (bar 12)
    -Opening descending perfect 4th scale matches the falling tears described (bar 1)
  • Syllabic underlay, except for ornamental figuration (bar 7 and 23)
  • Verbal and Musical accentuation not always synchronised
  • Bar 17 = inversion of the opening four notes
  • Overall melody range of a 9th 
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Harmony

  • False relations (bar 5)
  • Not consistently functional harmony but there are frequent cadences (both perfect and phrygian)
  • Tierce de Picardie (bar 8/24)
  • Suspensions 
    - 7-6 (bar1/2)
    - 4-3 (bar 7)
     
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Tonality

  • A minor with Aeolian mode inflections
  • Section B (bar 9) starts in C major/Ionian mode but finishes with a Phrygian cadence in A minor 
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Structure

  • Typical of pavan - AABBCC
  • Tripartite structure
  • 'Ballad' like
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Texture and Performing Forces

  • Voice, Lute and Bass Viol
  • Brief imitation (bar 13/14)
  • Dialogue (bar 12)
  • Melody and accompaniment which hovers between homophony and free counterpoint
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