Awake, Sweet Love (John Dowland)


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Awake, Sweet Love (John Dowland)

John Dowland (1563 - 1626) was an English or possibly Irish Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as "Come, heavy sleep", "Come again", "Flow my tears", "I saw my Lady weepe" and "In darkness let me dwell", but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century's early music revival, has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists.

This piece is selected from "First Bok of Songs or Airs of Four Parts, with Tablature for the Lute, no. 19". This arrangement on guitar is one of RCM (The Royal Conservatory of Music) grade 3 repertoire. Ayre, also spelled air, genre of solo song with lute accompaniment that flourished in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Time Signature: 3/4
Tempo: Andantino 64 - 92 BPM