for Viol Consort (two trebles, two tenors, two 7 string basses
The title for this piece is taken from the text for John Dowland's beautiful Flow My Tears. My composition takes small pieces of material from the Dowland as its starting point. Mostly the melodic and harmonic fragments are unrecognisable from the original, although occasional moments hint more literally at the source. For the most part I have used these small grains of the Dowland to recreate something of the mood and the essence of the original rather than using the material as the starting point for an entirely different piece.