‘Flow My Tears’ of 1604 (Lacrimæ), both as a lute song and instrumental consort piece, is one of John Dowland’s best known works. This five-voice setting, based on St. Pierre’s voice & piano rendition, provides a somewhat anachronistic accompaniment, as well as ornamented reprises. Low recorders enhance the melancholy affect.
The Prince Consort performs on the accompanying recording. Duration: 3:25
Beautiful and melancholy, this new twist on the Dowland classic “Flowe my teares” retains the shape and organization of the original and is instantly recognizable in the top voice. It would pair beautifully with the original, as part of a “lacrymae” set. The low recorders make the sound very palatable, and the very moderate difficulty level of this new setting makes it a satisfying choice for a chapter meeting or recreational play. Some high E’s in the Contrabass add surprising interest, and a low C# on the final note of the Tenor might require some practice to get a secure, reliable tone.