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"Noyses, sounds, and sweet aires" Music in Early Modern England

Games and Activities

The soundscapes of early modern England were filled with bells ringing the time of day, street vendors crying out to sell their wares, and music spilling from tavern doors: these were the sounds of London in the seventeenth century. 


The following games and activities introduce you to this world of "Noyses, sounds, and sweet aires" by helping you create your own musical instruments, leading you through Shakespeare's world of music, hosting your very own court masques and much much more.  


All of the objects and drawings you see here can be found at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The Isle is Full of Noises

Island Soundscapes
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Twangling Instruments

Make your own musical instruments!
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The Muse of Music

Euterpe: Color and Print
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Concord of Sweet Sound

Your Daily Life Sound Journal
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Delight in Masques and Revels

Create you own Elizabethan Court Masques
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Hearts of Controversy

Freedom of Speech in Early Modern Englan
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