Music and Religious Identity in Counter-Reformation Augsburg, 1580-1630

Music and Religious Identity in Counter-Reformation Augsburg, 1580-1630

by Alexander J. Fisher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754638758

ISBN-13: 9780754638759

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

By the late 16th century, Augsburg was one of the largest cities of the Holy Roman Empire, boasting an active musical life involving the contributions of musicians like Jacobus de Kerle, Hans Leo Hassler, and Gregor Aichinger. This musical culture, however, unfolded against a backdrop of looming religious schism. From the mid-16th century onward, Augsburg was the…  See more details below

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By the late 16th century, Augsburg was one of the largest cities of the Holy Roman Empire, boasting an active musical life involving the contributions of musicians like Jacobus de Kerle, Hans Leo Hassler, and Gregor Aichinger. This musical culture, however, unfolded against a backdrop of looming religious schism. From the mid-16th century onward, Augsburg was the largest 'biconfessional' city in the Empire, housing a Protestant majority and a Catholic minority, ruled by a city government divided between the two faiths. The period 1580-1630 saw a gradual widening of the divide between these groups. The arrival of the Jesuits in the 1580s polarized the religious atmosphere and fueled the assertion of a Catholic identity, expressed in public devotional services, spectacular processions and pilgrimages to local shrines. The Catholic music produced for these occasions both reflected and contributed to the religious divide.

This book explores the relationship between music and religious identity in Augsburg during this period. How did 'Catholic' and 'Protestant' repertories diverge from one another? What was the impetus for this differentiation, and what effect did the circulation and performance of this music have on Augsburg's religious culture? These questions call for a new, cross-disciplinary approach to the music history of this era, one which moves beyond traditional accounts of the lives and works of composers, or histories of polyphonic genres. Using a wide variety of archival and musical documents, Alexander Fisher offers a holistic view of this musical landscape, examining aspects of composition, circulation, performance, and cultural meaning.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754638759
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Series:
St Andrews Studies in Reformation History
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Music and religious identity in a divided city1
2Protestant song and criminality24
3Musical life and Lutheranism at St. Anna71
4The counter-Reformation and the Catholic liturgy in Augsburg85
5Devotional music in counter-Reformation Augsburg154
6So vil choros musicorum : music in Catholic processions226
7The holy mountain : music in Catholic pilgrimage257
8Music, confession and the disaster of the Thirty Years War279
AppTranscripts of trial records296

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