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Paying the Piper
Music in Pre-1642 Cheshire

By Elizabeth Baldwin

Paying the Piper
Hardback, 299 pages £70.00
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9781580440400
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Paperback, 299 pages £31.50
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9781580440417
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Subjects: Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies, Music
Series: Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph

In Paying the Piper Elizabeth Baldwin studies the early music situation in a single county, Cheshire, from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the Civil War, focusing on music outside the regular control of the church and looking not only at the trained professional but at music makers, from the performers at guild feasts to the gentleman who takes music lessons and the alehousekeeper who plays the pipes. Baldwin attempts to set the performer of music in a social, economic, legal, and possibly political context. Who was performing music, where, when, and why? What instruments were played, and by whom? What attitudes were there towards music, and how did they vary according to circumstances and religious affiliation? Did Cheshire's special status with respect to the Statute of Vagabonds really make any difference to the performers in the county?

Contributions by
David Mills

Acknowledgments Introduction I. Music in Context II. Part 1. Music in the City by David Mills II. Part 2. Music in the Country III. Music and the Gentry IV. The Musical Instruments Appendix I. Inventories of Cheshire Musicians Appendix II. Named Musicians

Elizabeth Baldwin is a part-time lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town. She has an MPhil in Mediaeval Studies from University College, Dublin, and a PhD in English from Leeds University

Paying the Piper
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 Hardback , 299 pages

 Paperback , 299 pages

BIC Code:
  HIS037010, MUS020000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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