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Samuel Pepys and his experiences of music at Restoration theatres


Wiesecke,  Janine
Department of Music, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;

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Wiesecke, J. (2017). Samuel Pepys and his experiences of music at Restoration theatres. In H. Barlow, & D. Rowland (Eds.), Listening to music: People, practices and experiences. Retrieved from http://ledbooks.org/proceedings2017/#sec_245_h1.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0004-A0C5-8
Restoration London was replete with opportunities to listen to music, even before the first public concerts were established. The Restoration theatre was one of the venues where Londoners had ample opportunity to listen to the newest compositions performed by professionals. But how did listeners write about their experiences? What did listeners notice? What categories were chosen to describe a listening experience? On the basis of the diary of Samuel Pepys, an enthusiastic music lover, the complex issue of early modern writing about listening is approached and analysed in more detail.