Like Some Forgotten Music

Programme Note

Like Some Forgotten Music is a set of six arrangements of songs by the English Renaissance composer John Dowland. In keeping with much of Dowland’s output, the texts and the music are melancholy in tone. Familiar songs such as Flow, my tears and In darkness let me dwell are placed alongside some lesser-known numbers. The piece opens with a short prelude, and thereafter the songs are all connected by interludes, resulting in a more or less unbroken span of music. After a quiet opening, the music gradually gains in intensity and reaches its climax in the final interlude, before the final song acts as a quiet coda. The title Like Some Forgotten Music is borrowed from Anne Enright’s novel The Forgotten Waltz; although the music doesn’t relate in any way to the novel, I was struck by the evocativeness of the phrase, which seems to me to be in keeping with archaic and wistful quality of the piece.


6th June 2015
Riot Ensemble, Aaron Holloway-Nahum (Conductor)
MeWe360, London

Year: 2015
Duration: 20′
Instrumentation: Mezzo-soprano, Ensemble ( – pno –

1 – Flow, my tears
2 – In darkness let me dwell
3 – Away with these self-loving lads
4 – Think’st thou then by thy feigning
5 – Unquiet thoughts
6 – Now, O now, I needs must part