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

Alexander J. Fisher


Music, Piety, and Propaganda explores the nature of sound as a powerful yet ambivalent force in the religious struggles that permeated Germany during the Counter-Reformation. Going beyond a musicological treatment of composers, styles, and genres, the book examines how music and sound shaped the aural landscape of Bavaria as the duchy emerged as a militant Catholic bulwark. 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 ... More

Keywords: sound, soundscape, music, Bavaria, Counter-Reformation, religion, confession, ritual, Catholic, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander J. Fisher, author
University of British Columbia