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Jesús A. Ramos-Kittrell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190236816

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190236816.001.0001

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Ignacio Jerusalem and Changes in Music Thought

Ignacio Jerusalem and Changes in Music Thought

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Playing in the Cathedral

Jesús A. Ramos-Kittrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the tensions that surrounded the examination and appointment of Ignacio Jerusalem to the post of chapelmaster in 1750. The chapter shows that musicians and canons had reservations about Jerusalem mainly for two reasons. First, he did not have an institutional profile similar to that of former chapelmasters. Second, his lack of “music knowledge” according to cathedral standards made people doubt his fitness to be an authority figure in the chapel. The chapter highlights the institutional underpinnings that informed notions of music knowledge in the cathedral. Such notions, the chapter argues, aligned music study with understandings of academic knowledge that had social value among Spaniards. The chapter shows that this understanding was important for musicians who developed careers in the church in attempting to improve their social standing. The chapter concludes with the assessment that while Jerusalem’s appointment brought about a change in cathedral music practices, it also triggered political frictions among musicians.

Keywords:   Ignacio Jerusalem, chapelmastership, music thought, counterpoint, music theory

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