Listening to Early Modern Catholicism

Perspectives from Musicology


How did Catholicism sound in the early modern period? What kinds of sonic cultures developed within the diverse and dynamic matrix of early modern Catholicism? And what do we learn about early modern Catholicism by attending to its sonic manifestations? Editors Daniele V. Filippi and Michael Noone have brought together a variety of studies — ranging from processional culture in Bavaria to Roman confraternities, and catechetical praxis in popular missions — that share an emphasis on the many and varied modalities and meanings of sonic experience in early modern Catholic life.

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Contributors are: Egberto Bermúdez, Jane A. Bernstein, Xavier Bisaro, Andrew Cichy, Daniele V. Filippi, Alexander J. Fisher, Marco Gozzi, Robert L. Kendrick, Tess Knighton, Ignazio Macchiarella, Margaret Murata, John W. O’Malley, S.J., Noel O’Regan, Anne Piéjus, and Colleen Reardon.

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Daniele V. Filippi, Ph.D. (Pavia/Cremona, 2004) is a Research Fellow at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland). Among his publications are Selva armonica: La musica spirituale a Roma tra Cinque e Seicento (2008) and Tomás Luis de Victoria (2008).

Michael Noone, Ph.D. (King’s College, Cambridge, 1990) is Professor and Chair of Music at Boston College. His publications include Music and Musicians in the Escorial Liturgy under the Habsburgs, 1563–1700 (1998) and Códice 25 de la catedral de Toledo (2003).
Listening to Early Modern Catholicism is an absorbing collection that, among other things, patiently undermines the cliché. The case studies and topical overviews show a remarkable degree of diversity, adaptability, and autonomy [...] This volume does fine service in naming a lacuna in early modern studies, making a substantial contribution to filling it, all the while encouraging dialogue among a variety of scholarly disciplines, and gathering essential resources.”
Michael O'Connor, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, in Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, Vol. 41 No 2 (2018), pp. 179–181.

“an extremely rich and rewarding collection of essays that takes seriously new musicological concepts and methods.”
Jutta Toelle, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. In: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3 (March 2018), pp. 457–458.

“the collection makes a strong case for music as a neglected element in the study of early modern Catholicism and demonstrates that it performed a wide variety of roles. It is an excellent introduction to the field.”
Jane Stevenson, University of Oxford. In: British Catholic History, Vol. 34 No. 2 (2018), pp. 353–355.

“This book is a wonderful addition to the interdisciplinary exploration of soundscape study.”
Bradford Lee Eden, Valparaiso, IN. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 50, No. 2 (Summer 2019), pp. 550–552.

Notes on the Editors Notes on the Contributors List of Figures and Examples Editors’ Note IntroductionDaniele V. Filippi and Michael Noone

Part 1: The State of Research

1 Early Modern Catholicism: The State of ResearchJohn W. O’Malley 2 Music Among the Disciplines in Early Modern CatholicismRobert L. Kendrick

Part 2: Perspectives

3 Liturgical Music and Liturgical Experience in Early Modern ItalyMarco Gozzi 4 Musical Dispatches from the Heavenly JerusalemColleen Reardon 5 Singing the Community: Plainchant in Early Modern ‘petites écoles’Xavier Bisaro 6 Print Culture, Music, and Early Modern Catholicism in RomeJane A. Bernstein 7 ‘Catechismum modulans docebat’: Teaching the Doctrine Through Singing in Early Modern CatholicismDaniele V. Filippi 8 Artistic Revival and Conquest of the Soul in Early Modern RomeAnne Piéjus 9 ‘Changing their tune’: Sacred Music and the Recasting of English Post-Reformation Identity at St. Alban’s College, ValladolidAndrew Cichy 10 ‘Mit singen und klingen’: Urban Processional Culture and the Soundscapes of Post-Reformation GermanyAlexander J. Fisher 11 ‘Colpe mie venite a piangere’: The Penitential Cantata in Baroque RomeMargaret Murata 12 Music for the Soul: Death and Piety in Sixteenth-Century BarcelonaTess Knighton 13 ‘Per cagion della musica tutte le strade erano piene’: Roles Played by Music in Articulating the Place of Confraternities in Early Modern Roman SocietyNoel O’Regan 14 Confraternity Multipart Singing: Contemporary Practice and Hypothetical Scenarios for the Early Modern EraIgnazio Macchiarella 15 Sounds from Fortresses of Faith and Ideal Cities: Society, Politics, and Music in Missionary Activities in the Americas, 1525–1575Egberto Bermúdez Index Nominum
All interested in an interdisciplinary discourse on the history, culture, and music of early modern Catholicism.
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