He returned to England in 1606 and in 1612 secured a post as one of James I's lutenists. He died in London on the 20th February 1626. Most of Dowland's music is for his own instrument, the lute. It includes several books of solo lute works, lute songs (for one voice and lute), part-songs with lute accompaniment, and several pieces for viol consort with lute. He later wrote what is probably his best known instrumental work, Lachrimae or Seaven Teares Figured in Seaven Passionate Pavans, a set of seven for five viols and lute, each based on his well-known song "Flow My Tears". It became one of the best known pieces of consort music in his own time.
His pavane "Lachrymae antiquae" was also one of the big hits of the seventeenth century. Dowland's music often displays the melancholia that was so fashionable in music at that time, typified by a consort piece with the punning title "Semper Dowland, semper dolens" ("Always Dowland, always doleful"). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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