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Fruits of the Cross: Passiontide Music Theater in Habsburg Vienna

Robert L. Kendrick
Format
Book
Published
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
Language
English
ISBN
9780520297579, 0520297571
Summary
"In this first detailed study of seventeenth-century sepolcri, semi-staged sacred operas performed on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, Robert L. Kendrick delves into the political and artistic world of Habsburg Vienna, where music and ritual combined on the stage to produce a thoroughly original art form that would impact music and performance across early modern Europe. Through the use of allegorical characters, the messages in the plays ranged from the devotionally intense to the theologically complex to the ugly anti-Jewish and played a unique role in making Passion piety both articulate and relevant to wider cultural concerns. Beyond the slightly worn historiographic generalizations on Habsburg religiosity (pietas Austriaca), Fruits of the Cross suggests that understanding the sepolcri has implications for ritual theater in early modern Europe, the theatricalization of devotion, the power of allegory, the role of queenship in court ideology, the interplay between visuality and music, and not least the intellectual centrality of music theater to court self-understanding"--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Passion and theater
  • Devotional strategies
  • Social others and selves
  • Music and its affects
  • Epilogue : the power of the cross
  • Appendix 1 : Checklist of sepolcri, 1660-1711
  • Appendix 2 : The preserved repertory, 1660-1705, and its possible tonalities
  • Appendix 3 : Possible Burnacini drawings for sepolcri.
Description
xvi, 220 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-211) and indexes.
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