The woman on the left is playing a violin. The houses seen across the canal are similar to those on the Keizersgracht, Amsterdam. The left-hand one bears a tablet with the date 1620 and is in the style of Hendrick de Keyser (1565 - 1621).
The painting is characteristic of de Hooch's Amsterdam period. In contrast to the middle-class interiors of his Delft paintings, he now focuses on more sophisticated domestic settings and elegant figures.