SEMPER DOWLAND, SEMPER DOLENS
15 March 2015 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson, Arizona
“Semper Dowland, semper dolens” (Always Dowland, always doleful) was an appropriate motto for John Dowland, the foremost English lutenist and composer of his age. Melancholy was fashionable in Elizabethan England and at that Dowland excelled—he is probably most renowned for works drenched in achingly intimate despondency. He had some reason. Despite his excellent musical reputation and popularity in Europe, Dowland could not obtain a position at the English court until 1612, when King James I appointed him one of the “musicians for the lutes.”
We are thrilled to welcome back the acclaimed lutenist and AEMS Advisory Board member Paul O’Dette in a solo recital of works by Dowland. Mr. O’Dette is one of the most influential performers and scholars in his field; he was co-author of the Dowland entry in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His more than 120 recordings have earned abundant awards and nominations. Among these, “The Complete Lute Music of John Dowland” was awarded the prestigious Diapason D’or de l’année.
“It was worth every moment to hear Mr. O’Dette light up the room with one more resonant chord held for all its worth, one more graceful gesture, one more moment of refined beauty, the like of which in the hands of such a master, we are unlikely to ever hear again.”
– Calgary Herald, January 2014
“Listening to lutenist Paul O’Dette is one of the quietest experiences an audience could have. It’s also one of the most transcendent.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer, February 2010