THE GERMAN KIRCHENGESANGBUCH: A LITERARY PHENOMENON OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

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Musicologists and theologians have often paid close attention to the genre of the church song book which was basically created by Martin Luther, but soon found many imitators and developed into a genre on its own. Surprisingly, however, literary scholars have mostly ignored the church song books, although they contain highly valuable collections of sixteenth-century church songs, important prologues and epilogues, and other text types. The present article offers a broad overview of the genre, discusses major contributors, and also demonstrates that a significant number of religious women were also involved in composing church songs and in editing church song books. In fact, the analysis of this genre demonstrates that in the history of sixteenth-century German literature women were well represented and utilized the church song as a medium to find their own literary voice.

THE GERMAN KIRCHENGESANGBUCH: A LITERARY PHENOMENON OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY

in Daphnis

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