A Pilgrimes Solace by John Dowland
St. Michael's Church - 225 West 99th Street, New York, NY, USA
Guest Artist: Charles Weaver, lute
This collection, published in 1612, is Dowland’s final publication and contains twenty one songs, which demonstrates the composer at the height of his powers. These songs display an unparalleled intensity of expression that would come to characterize the early Baroque era, the likes of which England would not see until the music of Henry Purcell about 75 years later.
Known for music of melancholy, lament, and longing, A Pilgrimes Solace reflects these deep emotional stirrings with titles including “Disdain me still,” “Sweet stay awhile,” “Tell me, true Love,” “In this trembling shadow cast,” “Welcome black Night,” and “Shall I strive with words to move?” Dowland’s music resonates with the yearning heart today as much as it has the past four centuries.