Samuel Pepys in London - 15 September, 1667

from Diary of Samuel Pepys, 15 September 1667, page 829:

We also to church, and then home, and there comes Mr. Pelling with two men by promise, one Wallington and Piggott; the former whereof, being a very little fellow, did sing a most excellent bass, and yet a poor fellow, a working goldsmith, that goes without gloves to his hands. Here we sung several good things, but I am more and more confirmed that singing with many voices is not singing, but a sort of Instrumentall music, the sense of the words being lost by not being heard, and especially as they set them with Fuges of words, one after another; whereas singing properly, I think, should be but…   more >>
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Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, 15 September 1667. In Robert Latham and William Matthews (ed.), The diary of Samuel Pepys : a selection (London, 2003), p. 829. accessed: 25 February, 2024

location of experience: London


Samuel Pepys
Member of Parliament, Diarist, Naval officer

Listening to

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Consort song performed by Mr. Pelling, Piggott, Wallington, Samuel Pepys

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 September, 1667
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:18:14 +0100