Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscape of Counter-Reformation Bavaria (The New Cultural History of Music Series)

Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscape of Counter-Reformation Bavaria (The New Cultural History of Music Series)

By: Alexander J. Fisher (author)Hardback

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Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria explores the nature of sound as a powerful yet ambivalent force in the religious struggles that permeated Germany during the Counter-Reformation. Author Alexander J. Fisher goes beyond a musicological treatment of composers, styles, and genres to examine how music, and more broadly sound itself, shaped the aural landscape of Bavaria as the duchy emerged as a militant Catholic bulwark. Fisher focuses particularly on the ways in which sound-including bell-ringing, gunfire, and popular song, as well as cultivated polyphony-not only was deployed by Catholic secular and clerical elites to shape the religious identities of Bavarian subjects, but also carried the potential to challenge and undermine confessional boundaries. Surviving literature, archival documents, and music illustrate the ways in which Bavarian authorities and their allies in the Catholic clergy and orders deployed sound to underline crucial theological differences with their Protestant antagonists, notably the cults of the Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, and the saints. Official and popular rituals like divine worship, processions, and pilgrimages all featured distinctive sounds and music that shaped and reflected an emerging Catholic identity. Although officials imposed a severe regime of religious surveillance, the Catholic state's dominance of the soundscape was hardly assured. Fisher traces archival sources that show the resilience of Protestant vernacular song in Bavaria, the dissemination and performance of forbidden, anti-Catholic songs, the presence of Lutheran chorales in nominally Catholic church services into the late 16th century, and the persistence of popular "noise" more generally. Music, Piety, and Propaganda thus reveals historical, theological, and cultural issues of the period through the piercing dimension of its sounds, bringing into focus the import of sound as a strategic cultural tool with significant impact on the flow of history.

About Author

Alexander J. Fisher is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. A musicologist specializing in music, sound, and religious culture in early modern Europe, he teaches courses in early music and coordinates the university's Early Music Ensemble.


Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Abbreviations for Source Locations ; I. Sound, Space, and Confession in Counter-Reformation Bavaria ; Historical soundscapes ; Sound, space, and place ; Identity, discipline, and confessionalization ; The soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria ; The structure and scope of the book ; II. Sound and the Spaces of Worship ; Public churches and the experience of liturgical space ; Congregational song ; St. Michael in Munich, the Jesuits, and Counter-Reformation worship ; Cathedral, Collegiate, and Parish churches in the age of Tridentine reform ; The cathedral of Freising ; Unsere Liebe Frau in Munich ; St. Peter in Munich ; Liturgy in the religious orders ; Courtly spaces for liturgy: the Bavarian court chapel ; The court chapel of St. George and liturgical music in the sixteenth ; century ; The new court chapel of Mary of the Immaculate Conception and ; liturgical music under Maximilian I ; III. Sound and Spaces of Devotion ; Devotional polyphony for cultivated spaces ; Monastic devotion ; Confraternities and congregations ; The Marian Congregations ; Marian, Eucharistic, and other confraternities ; Corporate devotional services and gatherings ; Funerals and burials ; Salve services ; Seasonal devotions for Christmas and Lent ; Supplications and Celebrations ; Song and the soundscape ; IV. Sound and Confession in the Civic Sphere ; Bells and the urban soundscape ; Regulating the sounds of profane life ; Song in the public sphere ; Sound in public religious spectacles ; V. Music, Sound, and Processional Culture ; Corpus Christi processions ; The Corpus Christi procession in Munich ; Good Friday processions ; Processions of supplication and triumph ; VI. Sound, Pilgrimage, and the Spiritual Geography of Counter-Reformation Bavaria ; Pilgrimage in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation ; The music of pilgrimage: songs and litanies ; Bavarian pilgrimage songs ; The litany in Bavarian pilgrimage ; Sound in the practice of pilgrimage ; Departure ; En route and upon arrival ; A pilgrimage to St. Benno in Munich ; Bibliography ; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780199764648
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780199764648
  • weight: 688
  • ISBN10: 0199764646

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