Annotation

Eight variations on different features of the work's theme (Come, Heavy Sleep by John Dowland) or its lute accompaniment, before the theme emerges complete at the close of the work (wikipedia).

Annotation last modified on 2015-08-09 10:47 UTC.

Relationships

composer: Benjamin Britten (– 1963)
dedicated to: Julian Bream
part of: Works of Benjamin Britten by opus number (number: op. 70)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/composition/mc0002362214 [info]
Wikidata: Q17016501 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Nocturnal after John Dowland [info]
is based on: The First Booke of Songs or Ayres, No. 20: "Come, Heavy Sleep"
parts: 1. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: I. Musingly
2. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: II. Very agitated
3. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: III. Restless
4. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: IV. Uneasy
5. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: V. March-like
6. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: VI. Dreaming
7. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: VII. Gently rocking
8. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: VIII. Passacaglia
9. Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70: IX. Slow and Quiet

Recordings

Date Title Artist Length
performance
1966-09-16 – 1966-09-25 Nocturnal Op. 70 Julian Bream 18:29
2017-01-12 – 2017-01-15 Nocturnal after John Dowland, op. 70 Andrea González Caballero 16:46
Nocturnal After John Dowland, op. 70 CN Lester & Toby Carr 19:29