Part II: Songs of the Orient

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
Part of the New Transculturalisms, 1400–1800 book series (NETRANS)


“Part II: Songs of the Orient” focuses on the sonic exchanges that occurred as travelers from England and Europe ventured eastward through the Ottoman Empire and India; Eastern sounds also featured in soundscapes constructed on the Renaissance English stage. Part II introduces the two chapters “An Organ’s Metamorphosis: Thomas Dallam’s Sonic Transformations in the Ottoman Empire” and “‘Drums Rumble Within’: Embodied Experiences of Temples in the East and on the London Stage.” Though the organ and the drum are not closely related acoustically, both demonstrate the haptic, tangible properties of the soundwave. “Songs of the Orient” echoes the title of a piece performed by Art Hickman’s orchestra—an uncanny blend of East and West, but one in which Western instruments are utilized to sound an Eastern otherness.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Linhart Wood
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Mary’s College of MarylandSaint Mary’s CityUSA
  2. 2.The Folger Shakespeare LibraryWashington, DCUSA

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