Michael Chance Countertenor

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We invite you to hear a few samples of new recordings of lute songs made recently in Italy with the American lutenist Paul Beier.

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We hope to make more music available to listen online in the future.

 
John Danyel (1606) [ c.1565-1630 ] - Grief, Keep Within
Michael Chance & Paul Beier, lute (2011)

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Greefe keep within and scorne to shew but teares

Greefe keep within and scorne to shew but teares,
Since Ioy can weepe as well as thou:
Disdaine to sigh for so can slender cares,
Which but from Idle causes grow.
Doe not looke forth vnlesse thou didst know how
To looke with thine owne face, and as thou art,
And onely let my hart,
That knowes more reason why,
Pyne, fret, consume, swell, burst and dye.

Drop not myne eyes nor Trickle downe so fast

Drop not myne eyes nor Trickle downe so fast,
For so you could doe oft before,
In our sad farewells and sweet meetings past,
And shall his death now haue no more?
Can niggard sorrow yeld no other store:
To shew the plentie of afflictions smart,
Then onely thou poore hart,
That knowst more reason why,
Pyne, Fret, Consume, Swell, Burst and Dye.

Haue all our passions certaine proper vents

Haue all our passions certaine proper vents,
And sorow none that is her owne?
But she must borow others complements,
To make her inward feelings knowne?
Are Ioyes delights and deathes compassion showne,
With one lyke face and one lamenting part?
Then onely thou poore hart that know'st more reason why,
Pine, Fret, Consume, Swell, Burst, and Dye.


John Dowland [ 1563-1626 ] - In Darkness Let Me Dwell
Michael Chance & Paul Beier, lute (October 2011)

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In darkness let me dwell

In darkness let me dwell; the ground shall sorrow be,
The roof despair, to bar all cheerful light from me;
The walls of marble black, that moist'ned still shall weep;
My music, hellish jarring sounds, to banish friendly sleep.
Thus, wedded to my woes, and bedded to my tomb,
O let me living dye, till death doth come, till death doth come.