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Author Weaver, Andrew Hudsco
Title Piety, politics, and patronage: Motets at the Habsburg Court in Vienna during the reign of Ferdinand III (1637--1657)
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Descript 654 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 63-10, Section: A, page: 3418
Adviser: Ellen Rosand
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Yale University, 2002
The reign of Ferdinand III was a critical time of transition for the Habsburg monarchy. Not only did this period see the end of the Thirty Years' War (1618--1648), but by the 1650s the emperor had managed to strengthen and solidify his sovereignty in his Austrian, Bohemian, and Hungarian lands. Ferdinand III accomplished everything that his predecessor Ferdinand II had been unable to finish, and he did so in such a way as to set a sturdy foundation for the successful rule of his son Leopold I. Yet he remains the most neglected of all Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors
This dissertation is an in-depth examination of one of the most significant means by which the emperor was able to establish his authority during this turbulent time. In the absence of strong government, Ferdinand III was able to appeal to and influence his subjects through the dissemination of a distinctive court culture that was inextricably bound to a unique brand of Habsburg Catholicism. By assuring his subjects' allegiance to the church, the emperor was simultaneously cementing their loyalty to the crown. Of all the arts, furthermore, one was clearly viewed by Ferdinand III as the most significant medium with which to promote this culture, and that was music. Not only did music serve an important role in all courtly and religious ceremonies, but it was also through important texts set to powerful music that Ferdinand felt he could directly proclaim any message to the people of his realm
The sacred music composed and performed at court, with emphasis on the motet, is thus the core of this study. The examination encompasses three main levels: the role of music in court ceremonies (Chapters 1--4); an overview of musical styles and of how sound related to function (Chapters 4--5 and 7); and detailed analyses of both the text and music of individual works, relating the texts to their larger religious-political context (Chapters 6--8). By focusing on how the music enhances the meaning of the words, we can thus understand how it served the Habsburg vision at the end of the Thirty Years' War
School code: 0265
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 63-10A
Subject History, European
Alt Author Yale University
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