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Music, Piety, and PropagandaThe Soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria$
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Alexander J. Fisher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764648.001.0001

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Sound and the Spaces of Devotion

Sound and the Spaces of Devotion

(p.105) Chapter Three Sound and the Spaces of Devotion
Music, Piety, and Propaganda

Alexander J. Fisher

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 explores the soundscapes of devotional (i.e., non-liturgical) spaces in Counter-Reformation Bavaria. Examined here is non-liturgical polyphony by Orlando di Lasso and his successors, especially the Latin sacred concertos cultivated in the early 17th century that stressed confessionalist themes of Marian, Eucharistic, and sanctoral devotion. The vernacular thoroughbass lied by Johannes Khuen and others is seen as a vital tradition in monastic contexts, especially among female Franciscan nuns. The chapter explores devotional music in religious congregations and confraternities, various forms of corporate devotions and gatherings, and officially sanctioned public supplications and celebrations. Finally, it examines vernacular religious song in Bavaria, including the persistence of Protestant songs despite official supression and Catholic efforts to substitute orthodox vernacular songs in their place.

Keywords:   devotion, space, Lasso, motet, spiritual madrigal, concerto, lied, song, confraternities, orders

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