Mrs. Nichol’s Alman by John Dowland

Mrs. Nichol’s Alman by John Dowland (1563-1626)

John Dowland This tuneful dance by John Dowland should be played at a moderate to lively tempo. Note that the piece is made up of four eight-bar (measures) phrases, and that the last four bars of each phrase are a repetition of the first four. To achieve a good dynamic contrast either play the last four bars of each phrase more softly than the first four, or closer to the bridge (sul ponticello) for a more nasal tone color.

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This little piece exists also as an ensemble arrangement under the title Mistresse Nichol’s Alman in Dowland’s collection Lacrimae or Seven Teares for lute and viola da gamba consort. (The viola da gamba was a family of bowed, fretted six string instruments popular from the 15th -18th centuries called viols. A consort is a group of instruments.)

12 Measures. in the key of E major. Some barre chords. There are frequent changes of left hand positions in this dance music. Practice them as slowly and smoothly as possible. To play the open E in the last measure, simply tilt the bar off of the 1st string for the note.

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