Laube, Music, Devotion, Conflict: Towards a Sonic History of the Netherlandish Home during the Dutch Revolt

11 Mar 2019, 17:15 to 11 Mar 2019, 19:15
IHR Past and Present Room, N202, Second Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Matthew Laube, Birkbeck

Homes across the early modern Low Countries echoed night and day with a variety of sounds, as numerous surviving ego-documents reveal. However, despite a rich sonic environment that included singing, praying, recitation, instrumentalizing, bell-ringing, clocks, and automata, no study of sound in Netherlandish homes has yet been undertaken. Situated at the intersection of musicology, social and sensory history, and sound studies, this paper charts the spaces for sound-making in Catholic homes (household tables, altars, and bedsides), and examines the ways in which domestic sound was entangled with not only the senses and emotions, but also daily routines and territorial agendas to combat heresy.