Team Stands Still
Time Stands Still is a modern revisitation, by Nuno Côrte-Real, of the lute songs by English composer John Dowland. In this version, the songs are sung by Eduarda Melo, and interspersed with original works by Côrte-Real as a tribute to artists the composer admires.
Time Stands Still, title of one of the songs by John Dowland (1563-1626) – important English composer and musician, contemporary of Shakespeare – makes us reflect on the recent pandemic that devastated the world forcing it to stop – time has stopped. And, the last words of Fernando Pessoa, on the day of his death (“I know not what tomorrow will bring”), tell us about the uncertainty of not knowing what tomorrow will bring us, similar to the insecurity we live in, not knowing the future, not knowing when we will be able to make predictions again and when we will control tomorrow again.
John Dowland’s Lute Songs are true musical treasures. It is true that they lack symphonic grandeur, nor operatic drama, nor are they religious or diabolical, nor do they exhibit complexity in writing and form. It is in the sublime spiritual intimacy that its greatest virtue resides. These are songs that manifest the paradox and melancholy, so typical of the English Elizabethan period, and which offer a delicate lyricism, never leaving the listener bored. The paradox comes from the mastery with which Dowland sings, for example, the cry of a heartbreak, revealing at the same time the beauty that resides in the sadness of that heartbreak (I saw my lady weep); melancholy, which at that time was in vogue, runs, with more or less intensity, through all his wonderful songs.
Although we are already far from that period of history, there is, however, a certain melancholy between the lines of our time that make these songs very vivid. Just as the paradox (or contradiction) that we live today – it is everywhere, in every corner, in the essence of the life we lead, fierce, violent – makes the feelings contained in those small and intimate songs rise. and become deafening to our ears. Time Stands Still is the perfect epithet for a philosophy of time and life that urgently needs to be debated and built, with all our impetus and all our spirit.
Intertwined with the songs of the English master, small pieces with original music by Nuno Côrte-Real are also included, creating a bridge between the time of John Dowland and the present day.