Wednesday 12 June 2019 7:30PM

Stile Antico; Rihab Azar oud

Songs of Longing and Exile


  • Stile Antico
  • Rihab Azar oud

Inspired by Dowland’s melancholic song Flow my Tears, and the heart-breaking stories of refugees which are never far from the news, vocal ensemble Stile Antico and Dartington Arts commissioned poet Peter Oswald to create texts for Dowland’s instrumental Lachrimae pavans.

Based on testimonies from today’s refugees and migrants, these new poems about displacement and exile present a contemporary and deeply moving counterpoint to this exquisite music; Dowland was himself no stranger to uncertainty and misfortune during his own, self-imposed exile. Between the pavans, London-based Syrian musician Rihab Azar intersperses partly improvised music for oud.

    • Programme to include:
  • Robert White (c.1538-1574)
        • Lamentations a5
  • John Dowland (1563-1626)
        • In this trembling shadow
        • Lachrimae Antiquae (Flow my Tears)
        • Lachrimae Antiquae Novae (*)
        • Lachrimae Gementes (*)
        • Lachrimae Tristes (*)
        • Lachrimae Coactae (*)
        • Lachrimae Amantis (*)
        • Lachrimae Verae (*)
        • (*) with new texts by Peter Oswald
    • Interspersed with improvised music for oud

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