Lachrimae Pavane (Flow my tears) for String Quartet
John Dowland in his lute solo called Lachrimae, may have written the first international hit song to come from the British Isles. A hundred years before, continental musicians competed with one another to "cover" the most popular French chansons in their masses and motets, but in the case of Dowland's Lachrimae, the opening theme became internationally known as his melody. It helped cement the popular image of him as "Semper Dowland semper dolens" (Dowland always in sorrow), but it also became a musicians' tool: any brief quotation of the Lachrimae melody brought instant recognition among the erudite listeners and homage to the earlier master. ~ classicalarchives
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