Lute Works

John Dowland : Lady Hunsdon's puffe, Almain

John Dowland : Tarleton's riserrectione, Jig

John Dowland : Melancholy galliard

John Dowland : Sir John Smith, his almain

John Dowland : The fourth, King of Denmark, his galliard

John Dowland : A Fantasie, n°VII


Virtuoso lutenist, singer and composer, probably born in Dublin in Ireland, John Dowland lived in France between 1580 and 1584 (in service with the English Ambassador to Paris). He lived in Germany between 1594 and 1598 (at the Royal Courts of Brunswick and Hesse, Nuremberg). In 1595 he went to Italy (Rome, Venice, Florence). Between 1598 and 1606 he was a lutenist at the court of Christian IV of Denmark. In 1601 he returned to London to buy instruments. From 1597, John Dowland published books of songs as well as pieces for the lute. In 1612 he was appointed to the post of second lutenist at the court of Charles I of England. Famous in all Europe, John Dowland was probably the greatest lutenist of his time.

The collected lute music of John Dowland

(Transcribed and edited by Diana Poulton and Basil Lam):


Forlorn Hope Fancy
Farewell (An "In Nomine")
A Fancy 1
A Fancy 2
A Fancy 3


Piper's Pavan
Semper Dowland Semper Dolens
Solus Cum Sola
Mrs. Brigide Fleetwood's Pavan alias Solus Sine Sola
Dr. Case's Pavan
Mr. John Langton's Pavan
Sir John Langton's Pavan
A Pavan
The Lady Russell's Pavan
A Pavan


Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard
Dowland' Galliard
John Dowland's Galliard
Dowland's First Galliard
The Frog Galliard
A Galliard (In D major)
Melancholy Galliard
Sir John Souch's Galliard
A Galliard (on a galliard by Daniel Bacheler)
Giles Hobie's Galliard
A Galliard (In G minor)
A Galliard (on Walsingham)
Mrs. Vaux Galliard
Mr. Langton's Galliard
A Galliard (In G minor)
Mr. Knight's Galliard
My Lord Chamberlain, His Galliard (an invention for two to play upon one lute)
The Right Honourable The Lord Viscount Lisle His Galliard
Round Battle Galliard
The Most High and Mighty Christianus The Fourth King of Denmark, His Galliard
The Most Sacred Queen Elizabeth, Her Galliard
Can She Excuse
The Right Honourable Robert Earl of Essex, His Galliard
The Lady Rich' Galliard
The Right Honourable The Lady Rich, Her Galliard
The Earl of Derby' Galliard
The Right Honourable Ferdinando Earl of Derby, His Galliard
The Right Honourable The Lady Clifton's Spirit
Galliard to Lachrimæ


Sir John Smith, his Almain
Smythes Allmayne
Lady Laiton's Almain
An Almain
Mrs. White's Thing
A Piece Without Title
Mrs. Nichols' Almain
Mrs. Clifton's Almain
Lady Hunsdon's Puffe

Jigs and other pieces in 6/8 rhythm:

Mrs. Winter's Jump
Mrs. White's Nothing
Mrs. Vaux's Jig
The Shoemaker's Wife
Tarleton's Riserrectione

Song Arrangement:

Corne Away

Settings of Ballad Tunes:

Orlando Sieepeth
From My Window
Lord Strang's March
My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
Loth to Depart

Pieces of uncertain ascription, but probably by Dowland:

A Fantasia
A Fancy
A Fancy
A Fancy
A Dream
A Gaillard
Mrs. Norrish's Delight
A Piece Without Title
What If A Day
A Coy Toy
Tarleton's Jig