'I haue beene twice vnder sayle for Denmarke' - the travails of Iohn Dovvland Batcheler of Musick”

Abstract : John Dowland was employed as a court lutenist by Christian IV of Denmark between 1598 and 1606 where he received high pay and was granted regular leave of absence for extended periods. He alludes to this ‘Kingly entertainment in a forraine climate’ in the preface to one of his last publications after his return to England. The title pages of an earlier publication had boasted of his being lutenist “to the most high and mightie Christian the fourth by the grace of God king of Denmark and Norwey, &c.” in 1603 (Third and last booke of songs or aires), increasing this “to the most royall and magnificent, Christian the fourth, King of Denmarke, Norway, Vandales, and Gothes, Duke of Sleswicke, Holsten, Stormaria, and Ditmarsh: Earle of Oldenburge and Delmenhorst” in 1604 (Lachrimae, or Seven teares). Dowland’s employment at court included acting as an agent to procure instruments and fellow-musicians, and probably also acting as an informant during critical times in Anglo-Danish relations. Yet it is striking that none of the many works he committed to print during his years in Denmark were published in that country, or dedicated to his royal patron. This paper will examine the tension between Dowland’s self-fashioning efforts to establish his reputation in England through his printed collections (with the ulterior motive of obtaining a court appointment) and the constraints engendered by his position at the court of Christian IV.
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Shakespeare and Scandinavia, Oct 2015, Kingston, United Kingdom. 〈https://blogs.kingston.ac.uk/ssku/〉
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Chantal Schütz. 'I haue beene twice vnder sayle for Denmarke' - the travails of Iohn Dovvland Batcheler of Musick”. Shakespeare and Scandinavia, Oct 2015, Kingston, United Kingdom. 〈https://blogs.kingston.ac.uk/ssku/〉. 〈halshs-01403573〉

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