Dowland, Robert, English lutenist and composer, son of John Dowland; b. probably in London, c. 1591; d. there, Nov. 28, 1641. He remained in London after his father went abroad; in 1626, succeeded his father as lutenist to Charles I. He ed. the anthologies Varietie of Lute Lessons (London, 1610) and A Musicall Banquett (London, 1610), a collection of English, French, Spanish, and Italian airs (ed. in The English Lute Songs, vol. 20).
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