The function of music and song in Elizabethan drama through Shakespeare
Hansen, Agnes Camilla
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The Elizabethan age has been called "The Golden Age of English Music" and the England of that day "a nest of singing birds". We read that everybody sang - the tavern chanters their "catches" and the cultured their "ayres" and madrigals; that every barber-shop had its lute for customers to strum while waiting their turnj that every household had its virginal, and that every bourgeois was capable of extemporizing discant to a melody, or at least of fiddling a base.
- English