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Description - Music as Propaganda in the German Reformation by Rebecca Wagner Oettinger

This volume is a revision of a dissertation in musicology, completed in 1999, on the role of popular music in the German Reformation. In the first four decades of the Reformation in Germany, hundreds of songs written in a popular style and set to familiar tunes, appeared in German territories. Some of these songs expressed the high ideals and deep faith of 16ht century German Christians, while others were scandalous, slanderous cries of anger at the papacy, the clergy, merchants who benefited from the Catholic Church's downfall, at Luther or other theologians whose specific articles of faith were at odds with those of a song's composer. This volume assess the power of these songs and others, and the relationship between music and morality in shaping the popular movement of the German Reformation. It looks at how popular songs spread ideas through all levels of German society and focuses on the lower strata of the population, the uneducated who had limited access to the polemic of the printed word.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780754603634
ISBN-10: 0754603636
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 450
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rebecca Wagner Oettinger

Rebecca Wagner Oettinger, University of South Carolina, USA

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