Friday, April 8, 2011

The Friday Phonograph

In the Spring a Young Man's Fancy Lightly Turns to ....

by Anne French

....thoughts of love! And what could be more appropriate for Tennyson's vision of spring than John Dowland's Come Again! Sweet Love Doth Now Invite. Dowland (1563-1626) was an English Renaissance composer, singer and lutenist who wrote most of his music for solo lute or voice with lute accompaniment. (One poet wrote that his "heavenly touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense.") Today's Phonograph choice is the musical setting of a lovesick young man's longing, beautifully sung a cappella by the Collegium Vocale Köln. Follow the three stanzas of verse along with the score, and enjoy the beginnings of another great spring weekend!

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