"Noyses, Sounds, and Sweet Aires"

Music in Early Modern England

Author: Jessie Ann Owens

Publisher: Folger Shakespeare Lib


Category: History

Page: 222

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Church bells ring the time, street vendors cry out their wares, ballad-singers push the latest scandal, and music spills from tavern doors--these are the sounds of the City of London in the early seventeenth century. Even the relative silence of the night is broken by the bellman's ringing. "Noyses, sounds, and sweet aires" explores the "soundworlds" of early modern England. It leads the reader through streets, into taverns and theaters, to court masques, cathedral services, and individual homes in pursuit of sounds that have long since vanished. Essays by noted scholars explore the noises that echoed through London's streets, the sounds of worlds in collision in an age of political and religious turmoil, and the sweet airs of petty amateurs and seasoned professionals preserved in manuscripts, printed books, images, and musical instruments--the material remains of musical culture. Contributors include Ross W. Duffin, Stacey Jocoy Houck, Craig Monson, Bruce R. Smith, Jeremy Smith, and Nicholas Temperley.

Music and Society in Early Modern England

Author: Christopher Marsh

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107610249

Category: History

Page: 624

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Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey of English popular music during the early modern period. Accompanied by specially commissioned recordings.

Gender and Song in Early Modern England

Author: Leslie C. Dunn,Katherine R. Larson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317130472

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

View: 8959


Song offers a vital case study for examining the rich interplay of music, gender, and representation in the early modern period. This collection engages with the question of how gender informed song within particular textual, social, and spatial contexts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Bringing together ongoing work in musicology, literary studies, and film studies, it elaborates an interdisciplinary consideration of the embodied and gendered facets of song, and of song’s capacity to function as a powerful-and flexible-gendered signifier. The essays in this collection draw vivid attention to song as a situated textual and musical practice, and to the gendered processes and spaces of song's circulation and reception. In so doing, they interrogate the literary and cultural significance of song for early modern readers, performers, and audiences.

The Matter of Song in Early Modern England

Texts in and of the Air

Author: Katherine R. Larson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192581945

Category: Music

Page: 272

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Given the variety and richness of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English 'songscape', it might seem unsurprising to suggest that early modern song needs to be considered as sung. When a reader encounters a song in a sonnet sequence, a romance, and even a masque or a play, however, the tendency is to engage with it as poem rather than as musical performance. Opening up the notion of song from a performance-based perspective The Matter of Song in Early Modern England considers the implications of reading song not simply as lyric text but as an embodied and gendered musical practice. Animating the traces of song preserved in physiological and philosophical commentaries, singing handbooks, poetic treatises, and literary texts ranging from Mary Sidney Herbert's Psalmes to John Milton's Comus, the book confronts song's ephemerality, its lexical and sonic capriciousness, and its airy substance. These features can resist critical analysis but were vital to song's affective workings in the early modern period. The volume foregrounds the need to attend much more closely to the embodied and musical dimensions of literary production and circulation in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. It also makes an important and timely contribution to our understanding of women's engagement with song as writers and as performers. A companion recording of fourteen songs featuring Larson (soprano) and Lucas Harris (lute) brings the project's innovative methodology and central case studies to life.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: England

Page: N.A

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