Old English Instruments of Music: Their History and Character

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Methuen & Company, Limited, 1911 - Musical instruments - 327 pages

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Page 101 - And thither anon come all the Gresham College, and a great deal of noble company: and the new instrument was brought called the Arched Viall, where being tuned with...
Page 50 - But afterwards it passed abroad for a very pleasant and delightful air amongst all. Yet I gave it no name till a long time after, nor taking more notice of it, in any particular kind, than of any other my Composures of that nature. " But after I was married, and had brought my wife home to Cambridge, it so fell out that one rainy morning I...
Page 142 - Lovers," * no extraordinary play, methinks, and thence to Drumbleby's, and there did talk a great deal about pipes ; and did buy a recorder,' which I do intend to learn to play on, the sound of it being, of all sounds in the world, most pleasing to me.
Page 35 - All the ladies disposed of their harpsichords at auctions for one third of their price, or exchanged them for guitars ; till old Kirkman, the harpsichord maker, after almost ruining himself with buying in his instruments for better times, purchased likewise some cheap guitars, and made a present of several to girls in milliners...
Page 245 - ... was through the negligence and carelessness of drummers, and by long discontinuance, so altered and changed from the ancient gravitie and majestie thereof, as it was in danger utterly to have been lost and forgotten.
Page 71 - Who up the lofty diapason roll Such sweet, such sad, such solemn airs divine, Then let them down again into the soul...
Page 135 - End of Act I., Miss Brickler will sing a favourite. Song from Judith, accompanied by Mr. Dibdin, on a new instrument, called PIANO-FORTE.
Page 146 - Drumbleby's, the pipe-maker, there to advise about the making of a flageolet to go low and soft ; and he do show me a way which do do, and also a fashion of having two pipes of the same note fastened together, so as I can play on one, and then echo it upon the other, which is mighty pretty.
Page 94 - The gentlemen in private meetings, which AW frequented, played three, four, and five parts with viols, as treble-viol, tenor, counter-tenor, and bass, with an organ, virginal, or harpsicon joyned with them; and they esteemed a violin to be an instrument only belonging to a common fidler, and could not endure that it should come among them, for feare of making their meetings to be vaine and fidling.
Page 72 - Like some coy maid half yielding to her lover, It pours such sweet upbraiding, as must needs Tempt to repeat the wrong! And now, its strings Boldlier swept, the long sequacious notes Over delicious surges sink and rise, Such a soft floating witchery of sound...

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