John D. Dowland (1563-1626) English composer. He was the greatest lutenist of his age and held the position of Court Lutenist to the King of Denmark, and later to Charles I of Britain. His songs with lute accompaniment are the most accomplished works of their kind and have been revived in the twentieth century to become once again recital favorites with modern audiences. Pound knew the songs from his London days as The New Age critic, and later he got to know at least some of the lute music via Jean Bésard's collection Thesaurus harmonicus from which Gerhard Münch made some arrangements for the Rapallo concerts.
--EP, Ezra Pound and Music, ed. R. Murray Schafer, New York, New Directions, 1977, pg. 490.