Tarleton’s Riserrectione by John Dowland (1563-1626)
John Dowland was an English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer. He is best known today for his melancholy songs such as “Come, heavy sleep”, “Come again”, “Flow my tears”, “I saw my Lady weepe” and “In darkness let me dwell”, but his instrumental music has undergone a major revival, and with the 20th century’s early music revival, has been a continuing source of repertoire for lutenists and classical guitarists.
Renaissance Era. 14 measures. Dotted rhythm. Some Barre Chords. Key of A. 6/8 Time Signature.
This popular piece was written in memory of Richard Tarleton, a famous comic actor of the Elizabethan age. Although the work is extremely lyrical in nature, it is writeen in the form of a jig-a lively dance tune in 6/8 time. Avoid playing too slowly and stressing only the poetice aspects of the piece. Play at a moderate tempo and bring out the dotted dance rhythms.