Hearing the City in Early Modern Europe is the most recent contribution to a growing academic literature on historical soundscapes. The book's twenty-one essays came out of a 2015 ICREA international workshop in Barcelona titled “Hearing the City: Musical Experience as Portal to Urban Soundscapes,” which explored European urban soundscapes from 1500 to 1800. More than forty cross-disciplinary scholars met to discuss historical urban soundscapes, with a particular emphasis on musical experience; thus it is perhaps not surprising that musicology dominates the volume's represented fields. The book is divided thematically into four parts: “Crossing Boundaries,” “Sounds in Contention: Musical Repertories and Genres in Contested Urban Spaces,” “Soundworlds and...

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