Samuel Pepys in London - 5 October, 1664

from Diary of Samuel Pepys, 5 October 1664, page 431:

...[T]o the Musique-meeting at the post office... 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 Lutestrings and played on with Kees like an Organ - a piece of Parchment is always kept moving; and the strings, which by the keys are pressed down upon it, are grated, in imitation of a bow, by the parchment; and so it is intended to resemble several vyalls played on with one bow - but so basely and harshly, that it will never do. But after three hours' stay, it could not be Fixt…   more >>
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Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, 5 October 1664. In Robert Latham and William Matthews (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys : a selection (London, 2003), p. 431. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Samuel Pepys
Member of Parliament, Diarist, Naval officer

Listening to

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Music for 'arched viol'

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 October, 1664
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:39:20 +0100