Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Dowland: A piece without title (P 28)

Now, here's a nice easy little jig with attractive harmonies. The authorship is not certain, but Diana Poulton in her biog of John Dowland (see Resources page) reckons that it is very likely that he is the composer. She detects similarities with Tarleton's Resurrection "in character, [and] with its underlying melancholy". Hmm. Have a look at my post of Tarleton here and see if you agree.

Dog dancing a jig 
from the Gutenberg edition of Walter Crane's Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes
Illustrators: John Gilbert, John Tenniel, Harrison Weir, et al.
I just couldn't resist this image!

The jig has 4 strains, each of 4 bars, with the 4th being a variation of the 2nd. No repeats are shown, but one could repeat each strain, with ornamentation the second time round. There's only one slightly tricky bit – bar 12, where I have found the following fingerings most convenient:  1 4 3, 2, 3 3, 3.

You can find the transcriptions here:

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I hope you enjoy these arrangements. I would welcome your views, and comments on possible errors or improvements.