Dowland, John (douˈlənd) [key], 1563–1626, English composer, unsurpassed in his day as a lutenist. His books of Songs or Ayres (1597–1603) established him as the foremost song composer of his time.
See studies by D. Poulton (1972) and I. Spink (1974).
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