Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dowland - 1 - Weep You No More Sad Fountains

AG: So. Now then with some other music of Dowland  We have a couple of  (John) Dowland songs (on the tape) which are in our texts.  So, to begin with, the, the one that was set to music, the "Weep You No More, Sad Fountains", 
(that's on) 113)    

[From approximately fifty-six-and-a-quarter to fifty-seven-and-a-quarter minutes in, there is ambient conversation among  the students, as AG goes to set up the record -  
AG: "..this is the end of the last song - Student: Turn it down a bit - AG- Turn it down?"] 

[From approximately fifty-seven-and-three-quarter minutes in (to approximately sixty-and-three-quarter minutes in),  AG plays recording of singer singing Dowland's (Anon's)  "Weep You No More.."] 

Weep you no more, sad fountains;
What need you flow so fast?
Look how the snowy mountains
Heaven's sun doth gently waste.
But my sun's heavenly eyes
View not your weeping,
That now lies sleeping
Softly, now softly lies

Sleep is a reconciling,

A rest that peace begets.
Doth not the sun rise smiling
When fair at even he sets? 
Rest you then, rest, sad eyes,
Melt not in weeping
While she lies sleeping
Softly, now softly lies

Here's Alfred Deller's rendition:

Here's Paul Agnew

And two with the female voice - (Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano - here  
and Elin Manahan Thomas, gifted Welsh soprano -  here 

Here with an alternative melody - (by Ronald Corp) sung by Mark Stone  

and another - (melody this time by Roger Quilter) sung here by Bryn Terfel

The lyric (scored by film-composer, Patrick Doyle) was famously featured (with a performance by Kate Winslet) in Ang Lee's 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility

The full orchestral version may be heard here.

[Audio for the above can be heard here, beginning at approximately fifty-six minutes in and concluding approximately sixty-and-three-quarter minutes in]

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