Cacophony, or, vile scrapers on vile instruments. Bad music in early modern English towns

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Drawing on contemporary musings and references from a variety of civic records, this article will consider music heard in the public spaces of urban England between the mid-sixteenth and mid-eighteenth centuries. Negative reactions to performers such as common fiddlers and street traders became increasingly common as the period progressed and were intimately connected both with fears concerning the crowd-gathering potential of such people and with a desire to control the sound environment to enable effective sleep, worship and concentration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalUrban History
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

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