...shadows that in darkness dwell...
Timothy Cooper


I imagine the character of John Dowland, a reclusive and private man with a mysterious past: as a musician in the court of the Danish King, Dowland was also working as an English spy. Dark, shadowy and melancholic the ensemble inhabit a labyrinthine sound world that explores the mood and feeling of Dowland’s sombre set of seven Pavanes. This isn’t a piece about subterfuge but one that explores the very darkest depths present in Dowland’s work through a heightened approach to performing on early instruments. Each verse of Dowland’s work is represented in an extended exploration of the mood and sentiment of the text in three main passages titled Flow, Fled and Darkness.

Pitch: A415

Instrumentation notes:

Recorder - Renaissance Treble and Tenor Recorders

Composed for Baroque Cello with baroque bow


Instrumentation Genre Ensemble and electronics
Tag orchestra
Duration 18 minutes
Instrumentation Tenor recorder [1 player]; Countertenor [1 player]; Theorbo [1 player]; Cello [1 player]

Performances of this work

Date Venue Performer Link
10/12/2019 (*premiére) Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
11/12/2019 Hug and Pint, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
12/12/2019 Belmont Film House, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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