Latin and Music in the Early Modern Era

Education, Theory, Composition, Performance and Reception


Author: Robert Forgács
Situating the close relationship between Latin and music within its historical context, this volume presents an overview of Latin and music in the educational system of the time – schools, choir schools and universities – and the development and pervasive influence of musical humanism. This influence is seen primarily in the writings of music theorists, the documents of dedication found in music publications and above all in the settings of classical and Neo-Latin texts as well as in some liturgical and extra-liturgical ones. Discussion of this repertoire forms the centre of the volume. The emphasis is on practical matters: the study of Latin and music, and the music’s composition, performance and reception.

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Robert Forgács (Ph.D. 1997, University of New South Wales), is musicologist and Neo-Latinist. He is the author of Dressler’s Praecepta musicae poeticae (Illinois, 2007), and has published widely on Dressler, Philomathes, Orlando di Lasso, and music for 18th-century Neo-Latin Drama.

Latin and Music in the Early Modern Era
 Education, Theory, Composition, Performance and Reception
 1 Introduction
 2 Background: Ancient Roman, Early Christian and Medieval Music
 3 Music and Latin in Early Modern Education: The Development and Pervasive Influence of Musical Humanism
 4 Musical Settings of Classical Verse: Case Studies
 5 Music in Neo-Latin Drama: Germany and Austria
 6 Musical Settings of Liturgical and Extra-Liturgical Latin Texts and Their Context: The Mass and the Canonical Hours: Case Studies
 7 Conclusion
 8 Future Research
 8 References
 8 Index
All interested in the history of the relationship between Latin and Music in the early modern era.