Janet K. Page explores the interaction of music and piety, court and church, as seen through the relationship between the Habsburg court and Vienna's convents. For a period of some twenty-five years, encompassing the end of the reign of Emperor Leopold I and that of his elder son, Joseph I, the court's emphasis on piety and music meshed perfectly with the musical practices of Viennese convents. This mutually beneficial association disintegrated during the eighteenth century, and the changing relationship of court and convents reveals something of the complex connections among the Habsburg court, the Roman Catholic Church, and Viennese society. Identifying and discussing many musical works performed in convents, including oratorios, plays with music, feste teatrali, sepolcri, and other church music, Page reveals a golden age of convent music in Vienna and sheds light on the convents' surprising engagement with contemporary politics.
'Convent Music and Politics is a valuable contribution to the literature on nuns and music. It intersects with the work of other scholars in the field but also offers a unique perspective on convent music at a particular time and in a particular place. As Monson noted in an important 2002 article on the Council of Trent (Journal of the American Musicological Society, 55), most decisions about musical practice during the Counter-Reformation, including those affecting performance in nunneries, were left up to local authorities. Janet Page's attractive and wellwritten monograph illustrates that point well.' Colleen Reardon, Music and Letters
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 24th April 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.9 x 18.4 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.78