Street cries

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Street cries are the short lyrical calls of merchants hawking their products and services in open-air markets. The custom of hawking led many vendors to create custom melodic phrases. Many of these street cries were cataloged in large collections or incorporated into larger musical works, preserving them from oblivion.

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  • "Plagues, Fairs, and Street Cries: Sounding out Society and Space in Early Modern London." by E Wilson — Modern Language Studies, 1995 Vol. 25, No. 3 (Summer, 1995), pp. 1–42 doi:10.2307/3195370 JSTOR
  • Sounds of the city: the soundscape of early modern European towns" D Garrioch — Urban History, 2003 (2003), 30: 5–25 abstract
  • Images of the outcast : the urban poor in the Cries of London by Sean Shesgreen New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8135-3151-9

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