Reforming Music: Music and the Religious Reformations of the Sixteenth Century

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG, 6 mar 2017 - 871 pagine
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Five hundred years ago a monk nailed his theses to a church gate in Wittenberg. The sound of Luther’s mythical hammer, however, was by no means the only aural manifestation of the religious Reformations.
This book describes the birth of Lutheran Chorales and Calvinist Psalmody; of how music was practised by Catholic nuns, Lutheran schoolchildren, battling Huguenots, missionaries and martyrs, cardinals at Trent and heretics in hiding, at a time when Palestrina, Lasso and Tallis were composing their masterpieces, and forbidden songs were concealed, smuggled and sung in taverns and princely courts alike.
Music expressed faith in the Evangelicals’ emerging worships and in the Catholics’ ancient rites; through it new beliefs were spread and heresy countered; analysed by humanist theorists, it comforted and consoled miners, housewives and persecuted preachers; it was both the symbol of new, conflicting identities and the only surviving trace of a lost unity of faith.
The music of the Reformations, thus, was music reformed, music reforming and the reform of music: this book shows what the Reformations sounded like, and how music became one of the protagonists in the religious conflicts of the sixteenth century.
 

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Indice

Chapter 1 Framing a century
1
Chapter 2 Music society and culture
49
Chapter 3 Criticising sacred music
101
Chapter 4 The reformers concept of music
164
Luther
236
Calvin
298
Chapter 7 Music in the Church of England
333
Chapter 8 Music and the Council of Trent
382
Chapter 10 Music and confessionalisation
519
Chapter 11 Music beyond confessionalisation
567
Chapter 12 Music and women
625
Conclusions
685
Glossary
690
Bibliography
703
Index of Names
795
Index of Subjects
817

Chapter 9 Music after Trent
429

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Chiara Bertoglio, Turin, Italien.

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