This collection of fourteen essays, written by an eminent group of scholars, explores the musical culture of the German-speaking realm between c. 1450 and 1600. The essays demonstrate the important role played by German speakers in the development of instrumental music in the Renaissance, the shaping of the curricula of musical education in the modern age, in setting patterns of musical patronage, in establishing congregational singing in churches, and in developing commercial music printing. The essays shed new light on the music that flourished at Imperial and ducal courts, universities, parish churches, collegiate schools, as well as the homes of prosperous merchants. The volume thus provides an overview of German polyphonic music in the age of Gutenberg, Durer and Luther and documents the changing social status of music in Germany during a crucial epoch of its history.
'This collection of 14 essays devoted to 'musical culture of the German-speaking realm between c.1450 and 1600' amounts to an exciting rarity in modern musical scholarship, a book that frequently explores virgin territory, unveiling in the process previously neglected source material, correcting a variety of misconceptions and posing questions for further research.' Early Music Today