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Crossing Confessional BoundariesThe Patronage of Italian Sacred Music in Seventeenth-Century Dresden$
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Mary Frandsen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178319.001.0001

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Musik im Gottesdienst: The Liturgical Year at the Dresden Court

Musik im Gottesdienst: The Liturgical Year at the Dresden Court

(p.362) 8 Musik im Gottesdienst: The Liturgical Year at the Dresden Court
Crossing Confessional Boundaries

Mary E. Frandsen

Oxford University Press

The orders of worship in the court diaries demonstrate that from 1662, the form of the worship services adhered strictly to the models given in the elector's Kirchen-Ordnung. As a result, one sees great liturgical consistency in Dresden between 1662 and 1680. Given that the services on a particular day in the church calendar were celebrated in exactly the same manner from one year to the next, one can undertake an examination of the church year in Dresden by drawing upon liturgies celebrated in various years. The shape and flow of the liturgical year in Dresden as defined by music are explored through an examination of liturgical celebrations that took place throughout Johann Georg's reign. But as a combination of various aural and visual stimuli contributed to the totality of the worship experience at a seventeenth-century court, a number of other aspects of worship life are examined as well: chapel decorations, altar furnishings, communion vessels, liturgical vestments, and ceremonies performed by the palace guards prior to some of the worship services. Throughout this examination, the centrality of music's role continually rises to the foreground.

Keywords:   worship, Kirchen-Ordnung, church year, Dresden, liturgical year, music

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