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Pepys's Diary

Lucie Skeaping explores the many musical references and anecdotes in Samuel Pepys's famed diary, which he began writing 350 years ago.

Samuel Pepys began writing his famed diary 350 years ago. As a keen amateur musician himself and a man who mixed with many important members of society, including composers, there are a wonderful breadth of musical references and anecdotes in Pepys's writings. Lucie Skeaping explores this myriad of musical mentions.

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Sat 30 Oct 2010 13:00

Music Played

  • Christopher Simpson

    Prelude for viol

    Performer: Sarah Cunningham (of Trio Sonnerie)

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509 908412.
  • John Playford

    Drink Tonight (from Catch the Catch Can, published Playford in 1667)

    Performers: The New York Catch Club, Saville Clark (conductor)

    • EXPERIENCES ANONYMES.
    • EA0312.
  • John Playford

    Cockleshells (from the Dancing Master)

    Performers: David Douglass (violin), Paul O’Dette (theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (harps)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907186.
  • Traditional - Green Stockings

    Performers: The City Waites

  • Henry Lawes

    At Dead Low Ebb

    Performers: Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rooley (theorbo-lute)

    • BIS.
    • CD 1435.
  • Ayah Marar

    Barbara Allen (Ballad)

    Performers: Alfred Deller (countertenor), Desmond Dupré (lute)

    • VANGUARD CLASSICS.
    • 08 9087 72.
  • Matthew Locke

    Suite I en ré minor (consort of fower parts)

    Performers: Hespèrion XX

    • ASTREE.
    • E8519.
  • Nicholas Lanier

    I was not Wearier

    Performers: Julia Gooding (soprano), Christopher Wilson (lute)

    • METRONOME.
    • METCD 1051.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Air pour les demons et les monsters from Divertissements 3

    Performers: Capriccio Stravagante, Skip Sempé (director/harpsichord)

    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • RD 77218.
  • Giacomo Carissimi

    Il mio core è un mar di pianti

    Performers: Agnès Mellon (soprano), René Jacobs (countertenor), Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901262.
  • William Davenant/Samuel Pepys

    Beauty Retire

    Performers: Richard Wistreich (voice), Robin Jeffery (theorbo & baroque guitar)

    • SAYDISC.
    • CD-SDL 385.

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