Camerata trajectina - dutch theatre music 1600-1650
Returning to Vermeer's childhood, to live in a tavern on the Grote Markt meant to live in the very heart of Delft. The future painter and his family were instantaneously in touch with most any official event, whether religious or secular. As a boy he witnessed and took part in the local customs which unfolded in relentless succession during the course of the year.
Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), A Member of the Persian Embassy , 1715, red and black chalk, Thaw Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, .
An early music ensemble is a musical ensemble that specializes in performing early music of the European classical tradition from the Baroque era and earlier — broadly, music produced before about 1750. Most, but not all, of these groups are advocates of " historically informed performance ", and attempt to re-create the music as it might have sounded at the time it was written, using period instruments and modifying playing techniques according to the most recent scholarly research into music of the time.