Music, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria

TitleMusic, Piety, and Propaganda: The Soundscapes of Counter-Reformation Bavaria
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFisher, Alexander J.
Number of Pages359
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York
Abstract

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.

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