Catalogue > Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland, op. 23a


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Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland

Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland
for High Voice and String Quartet
Date of composition April 1956; 1957/1958; April/May 1960
Opus number 23a
Type of work Concert music
Duration 15 mins
Musical forces High Voice and String Quartet
Words Various
Publication status Manuscript
Notes Movements are: 1. Prelude; 2. Song 1: Madrigal; 3. Interlude I; 4. Song 2: The Moon; 5. Interlude II; 6. Song 3: The Open Door; 7. Interlude III; 8. Song 4: The Sick Rose; 9. Interlude IV; 10. Song 5: Sonnet; 11. Postlude


…attractive talent; there are nice ideas and tidy handling.

The Financial Times, 15th January 1963

…Blyton shows a great deal of skill in using these forces to keen dramatic effect. Certainly a ‘must’ for an English music programme.

Richard Terry, The Croydon Advertiser, 22nd June 1967

Carey Blyton uses fine musical expression to convey the emotional content of the poetry.

Jennifer Anderson, Dartford Reporter, 23th June 1967

…throughout, the writing for the voice is masterly. The style is terse and civilised … this highly professional score.

Norman Harvey, Kentish Times, 23th June 1967

…the piece was well-written. Within the prevailing bitterness of mood determined by the texts there were sufficient contrasts of tempo and texture to keep it alive, with effective dance-rhythms in the third song.

The Times Educational Supplement, 23th June 1967

The “Chines Lyrics”, as the songs of “Lachrymae”, possess enormous popular appeal because they have good, strong, virile melodies … Mr Blyton scored an immediate success at Nottingham … many in the audience demanded an immediate encore of the “Chinese Lyrics”.

Richard Terry, The Croydon Advertiser, 27th July 1967

Especially in the setting of words to music, Blyton’s economy of style and use of accompaniment always heightens the drama or lyricism of the words themselves…

David Mottley, The Croydon Advertiser, 9th April 1970

…the craftsmanship and sensitivity of this composer made this work agreeable to the ear…

Norman Harvey, Kentish Times, 10th April 1970

I have no doubt that these two song-cycles [Lyrics from the Chinese and Lachrymae—In Memoriam John Dowland] for voice and strings are Carey’s masterpieces. They have a magic about them that glows from every bar and the word settings truly illuminate the poems.

Frank Bayford, Modus Music News, no 12, December 2002