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Early Modern Parisian Soundscapes


Welcome to our website designed to exhibit the research undertaken under the direction of Professor Nicholas Hammond.

The website was officially launched on 13th April 2015, and the immediate response was very positive and worldwide. Here are just a few of the messages received: "This is a real boon to musicologists and interdisciplinarians, and indeed anyone with an interest in the period." "This looks absolutely fascinating." "Quel projet de recherche infini et génial!" "So exciting!" "It sounds wonderful" "Looks fantastic" "Your project on soundscapes is wonderful". "C'est passionnant!" We hope that you will stay in touch and continue to visit the site, as texts and music will be added on a very regular basis. Already the site is being used productively by researchers. Claude Bourqui, co-editor of the Pléiade edition of Molière's complete works, has made use of it for his site:

For a short article on one of our concerts, visit the Paris-based website

Discover the stories behind the songs in the Section "Songs and their Stories", which was created in December 2018.

Listen to the recordings of Badinage under the performance section of "Chansonnier Maurepas". In November 2015, three new songs relating to the death of Louis XIV in 1715 were added. New volumes continue to be transcribed and put on the site. You can view two short films made of Badinage in the Video section.

The latest volume to be added is volume 13.


We are delighted to announce that the singer on our project, mezzo-soprano Katie Bray, has been selected as England's representative at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Listen to her on this website:


We are also pleased to announce that Nicholas Hammond's book, The Powers of Sound and Song in Early Modern Paris (Penn State University Press, 2019) is now available.