Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Posted on 08/23/2013


Photo taken on August 23, 2013


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"It's not a bum note- look at the music! And when do I get a drink?"

"It's not a bum note- look at the music!   And when do I get a drink?"
Music, and music making, was omnipresent in the 17th century Netherlands. In artistic terms, it could be a visual shorthand for a whole range of moods and concepts, though perhaps the most significant was as a visual depiction of harmony. As I point out in the blog, the Dutch Republic needed to stress harmony more than most places- not least because it was often in short supply at political level.

Harmony was also stressed at the domestic level- the harmony of the household and of relationships. This could shade into pleasureable flirtations- music was one activity which both men and women engaged in and where they could come together in socially approved contexts. In this case it looks as if Gabriel Metsu has caught a gap in rehearsals during which discussions over the score risk getting lost in a sociable drink

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