Shakespeare and Music

Shakespeare and Music

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Excerpt: ...such a performance at the Boar's Head, Eastcheap. Pg 105 H. 4. B. II, iv, 10. 1 Drawer. Why then, cover, and set them down: and see if thou canst find out Sneak's noise; Mistress Tearsheet would fain have some music. (After supper, in a cooler room.) Id. l. 227. Page. The music is come, sir. Falstaff. Let them play.---- Play, sirs. Id. l. 380. Fal. Pay the musicians, sirrah. The term 'Sneak's noise' is most interesting. 'Noise' means a company of musicians, and Mr Sneak was the gentleman who gave his name to the particular band of instrumentalists who favoured the Boar's Head. Milton uses the word, in this sense, in the poem 'At a Solemn Music, ' where the 'saintly shout' of the seraphic choir, with 'loud uplifted angel-trumpets, ' 'immortal harps of golden wires, ' and the singing of psalms and hymns, are collectively called 'that melodious noise.' Also in his Hymn on the Nativity, verse ix., he has 'stringed noise'--i.e., band of stringed instruments. The Prayer-book Version (Great Bible) of the Psalms, which was made in 1540, has the word Pg 106 in Ps. lxxxi. 1, 'Make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob, ' and this in the next verses is said to consist of various musical instruments--e.g., the tabret, harp, lute, and trumpet. Also in the Authorised Version of 1611, Ps. xxxiii. 3, 'play skilfully with a loud noise, ' which was the instrumental accompaniment to a 'new song.' The same word is used in several other places, with the meaning of 'music'--e.g., Pss. lxvi. 1; xcv. 1, 2; xcviii. 4, 6; c. 1; where 'to make a joyful noise' is represented in the original by the same verb, except in one of the two cases in Ps. xcviii. 4. The word was still in use in 1680, when Dr Plot was present at the annual Bull-running held by the Minstrels of Tutbury, one of the features of which festivity was a banquet, with 'a Noise of musicians playing to them.' The reputed cure of the Tarantula's bite by music has already been mentioned. The next three examples...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236725110
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