'A clock of Mr Sale's worck': a musician at home in early eighteenth-century Dublin

Owens, Samantha (2013). 'A clock of Mr Sale's worck': a musician at home in early eighteenth-century Dublin. In: Abstracts of the 9th Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference. ANZAMEMS 2013: Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Ninth Biennial Conference, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (64-64). 12-16 February, 2013.

Author Owens, Samantha
Title of paper 'A clock of Mr Sale's worck': a musician at home in early eighteenth-century Dublin
Conference name ANZAMEMS 2013: Australian and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Ninth Biennial Conference
Conference location Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Conference dates 12-16 February, 2013
Proceedings title Abstracts of the 9th Biennial ANZAMEMS Conference
Place of Publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher Monash University
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 64
End page 64
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the early 1950s, a sizeable notebook in the hand of music director and composer John Sigismond Cousser (c. 1657–1727) – also known as Johann Sigismund Kusser – was offered for sale by a New Haven-based rare book dealer. Generally referred to as Cousser's 'commonplace book', this 448-page document (now held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) offers a fascinating lens through which to examine the day-to-day preoccupations of a professional musician in the early modern era. Having worked professionally in France, the German-speaking lands, and England, by 1707 Cousser had settled permanently in Ireland, where he was appointed 'Chief Composer and Master of the Musick' to the vice-regal court based at Dublin Castle. This paper examines a detailed inventory of the contents of Cousser's Dublin residence – seven rooms plus a courtyard – dating from around 1716, which will be analysed in light of the findings of recent scholarship on the material, fashion, and print cultures of English and Irish Georgian households. Considered together with a further selection of evidence from this important source, including lists of books, home remedies, recipes, and passages copied from almanacs, this investigation reveals unique information regarding the social status, education, and income level of a Continental musician based in early modern Ireland.
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