You’ve received the reading for March 3, Smith, Acoustic World of Early Modern England, ch. 3. You’ve also received the assignment “Being There,” and you’ll need to sign up via a link in the email for a site to write about. This site, the Map of Early Modern London, will probably come in handy for the assignment. Be ready to share your perspective and site with classmates on Friday.

There’s one more thing to do to prepare for Friday. Different composers set London street cries for music–Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, and Richard Dering. Look through the playlist of London cries below and select one track to listen to and follow along with via the musical score. (If you choose the Gibbons, listen to both parts 1 and 2.) These are consort song settings, meaning that they were composed to be performed via combination of singers and viol players (string players). They were probably part of aristocratic entertainment, so one of the questions we have to ask is how faithfully (or not) these cries depict the cries of London streets. Listening to the street cries setting will probably help you with the written assignment.

Scores
Weelkes, Cries of London, ed. Brett
Gibbons, The Cries of London, ed. Brett
Dering, City Cries, ed. Brett

Playlist

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