Nik Chinook | Music for Samuel Pepys' Diary

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Music for Samuel Pepys' Diary

by Nik Chinook

An atmospheric evocation of the 17century world of Samuel Pepys' London through ten beautifully crafted instrumental pieces featuring acustic guitar and period sounds.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Courtesans
1:50 $0.50
2. The New King
3:27 $0.50
3. Intrigue at Court
2:40 $0.50
4. Lady Castlemayne
2:14 $0.99
5. Shipyards
1:36 $0.99
6. Walking Through the City
1:51 $0.50
7. Evening on the Leads
2:11 $0.50
8. The Theatre
2:02 $0.50
9. Great Fire
2:57 $0.50
10. The Village
1:55 $0.50
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Album Notes
Having repeatedly read Pepys' Diary over decades and been fascinated by the world it describes it was inevitable that I would eventually explore both Samuel, his life and the 17th century London that he knew so well.
Throughout, it was important to me to create short, intense compositions that would evoke different aspects of this world. I wanted to use acoustic guitars with a small range of instruments to create a sound that felt perfectly in keeping with Pepys' character and world without simply employing a pastiche of period instruments. At the end of the day, this is a modern suite of music and I wanted to ensure it was contemporary in its execution.
A piece like 'Shipyards' expresses the atmosphere of the Royal Navy's shipyards on the Thames which, not only was a seething engine of industry, but an exciting high-technology hub, leading the world. By contrast, 'Lady Castlemayne' evokes this powerful and intelligent woman who built power in the Court, (beyond the lazy cliche of mistress) and led the way out of the shadows.



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