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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, Pilgrimage, and the Spiritual Geography of Counter-Reformation Bavaria

Sound, Pilgrimage, and the Spiritual Geography of Counter-Reformation Bavaria

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(p.276) Chapter Six Sound, Pilgrimage, and the Spiritual Geography of Counter-Reformation Bavaria
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Music, Piety, and Propaganda
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Alexander J. Fisher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764648.003.0006

Chapter 6 reflects on the soundscapes of Catholic pilgrimage in Counter-Reformation Bavaria, tracing significant sounds at various stages of a pilgrim’s journey, from departure to return. For Catholic officials pilgrimage created devotional spaces on a regional level—delineated by routes and anchored by shrines—that instilled Catholic identity while etching the confessional boundaries separating Catholic from Protestant more deeply. After outlining the spiritual geography of the duchy, the chapter examines pilgrimage songs and litanies, both of which expressed to varying degrees the edificatory and propagandistic aims of Catholic elites. But a closer examination of actual practices suggests that the soundscape of pilgrimage, while channeled in confessional directions, reflected the diverse motivations of individual pilgrims and resisted official control.

Keywords:   pilgrimage, soundscape, song, litanies, propaganda

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