John Dowland

DOWLAND, John. b. 1563; d. London, between 20 Jan and 20 Feb 1626. Nothing is known about the first 17 years of Dowland’s life, but it is thought that he underwent his musical apprenticeship in the service of courtiers such as Sir Henry Cobham (with whom he spent some four years in Paris), George Carey, and Henry Noel. In 1588 he was admitted to the degree of B.Mus at Oxford. In the same year John Case, in his Apologia musices, listed him among the most celebrated musicians of the day. But despite this early fame Dowland was unable to obtain a post at the English court — in his own opinion, because of his alleged Catholic sympathies. He sought employment abroad, travelling in Germany and...

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