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Mr Tuer had a slightly random approach to his life and work, which included for him an interest in preserving aspects of London that he felt were disappearing. His collection of Old London Street Cries takes in nearly 400 years of songs and cries not just from hawkers and sellers of foods and goods from stinking fish to coffins, but also from sellers of services, the letter writers, barbers and rat catchers. I liked that his “collecting” took him to the streets to capture the sounds and melodies of the market singers.
The song doesn’t attempt to recreate the sound of the streets as Mr Tuer’s ears might have encountered them, with the melodies and cries mingling and fighting for the ear’s attention, as I wrote it in a more controlled way drawn mostly to the sound of the words themselves “jemmies, coxcombs, bloods”, setting them without a narrative in three parts in three simple verses which feature a different part in each verse. Not very modern in style but then, neither was Mr Tuer.
from notes by Stephen Deazley © 2010
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