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Rick Fielding Samuel Pepys and his instruments, wow! (25) RE: Samuel Pepys and his instruments, wow! 25 Jul 03


Did up and to the office. Having no work to do, did hie me to Mrs. Muffly's pie shop for some sport.. Did pass the new lute in Poopley's 12th fret music store...did sit me down and fiddle with it until it was proper to go home........

Well, if it WAS on the school curriculum Poppa Gator, I sure wouldn't have read it! Nah....just love history and diaries. The guy is so modern it's amazing.

I doubt if I could handle the whole 11 volumes...but if I was REALLY interested in Navy business of 1660s I'll bet it's fascinating.

Interesting accepted morality of the time. Sam constantly takes bribes (rarely money) to help individual sailors and cheats hellishly on his wife (smacking her and his servant occasionally) but feels really guilty and can't get to sleep when he does. It's like he feels he has to keep a certain order, or it will get away from him. Prays like crazy, and feels very moral. Counts his money EVERY month, and by my guess plays music 10 to 12 hours a week.

Leenia: Do I know it! Even nurds can be popular with a few chords and a good song!!

Billy, thanks for the links! No wonder he needed help stringing the theorbo.

By the way there's a video set from Trinity College featuring EVERY ONE of those old instruments produced by David Munrow. I rented it from the library three times......try to hunt it down, it's really worth it. They sound a little less smoothe than we're used to, but it really gives you and idea what the music sounded like in 1600. Just think of every instrument in your house having FRICTION PEGS!!!

Rick


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