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Duo Mignarda – The delight of solitariness: Lute and songs and solos of John Dowland

Duo Mignarda – The delight of solitariness: Lute and songs and solos of John Dowland

John Dowland’s lute songs were groundbreaking in their time. While similar music existed in Europe for a century before, it was often simpler arrangements or settings of existing tunes. Dowland’s genius was to combine the rhythmic energy of dance music with his own beautiful melodies and expressive lyrics, creating a superior style to his contemporaries.

Dowland’s knowledge of music theory and his time spent studying French and Italian music allowed him to craft innovative accompaniments for the lute. He used techniques specific to the instrument, like string suspensions and rhythmic syncopations, to create a rich and complex sound. Notably, his songbooks offered options for both solo and ensemble performances, showcasing his versatility and understanding of how best to present his music.

THE ARTIST

Duo Mignarda

CREDITS

All music edited and arranged from original sources by Ron Andrico ©Mignarda Editions
Texts edited and arranged by Donna Stewart ©Mignarda Editions

Recorded at Electric Wilburland, Newfield, New York
Recorded and edited by Will Russell
Mixed and mastered by Edgardo Vertanessian
Cover design: Mignarda and Andrew Vlasov
Booklet design: Romina Pacor
Executive producer: Edgardo Vertanessian
Lutes:
Ten-course lute in F by Nico Van der Waals
Six-course lute in D by Sandi Harris & Stephen Barber
Eight-course lute in G by Richard Fletcher

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