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Mary, Music, and Meditation: Sacred Conversations in Post-Tridentine Milan

Mary, Music, and Meditation: Sacred Conversations in Post-Tridentine Milan

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Burdened by famine, the plague, and economic hardship in the 1500s, the troubled citizens of Milan, mindful of their mortality, turned toward the veneration of the Virgin Mary and the creation of evangelical groups in her name. By 1594 the diversity of these lay religious organizations reflected in microcosm the varied expressions of Marian devotion in the Italian peninsula. Using archival documents, meditation and music books, and iconographical sources, Christine Getz examines the role of music in these Marian cults and confraternities in order to better understand the Church's efforts at using music to evangelize outside the confines of court and cathedral through its most popular saint. Getz reveals how the private music making within these cults, particularly among women, became the primary mode through which the Catholic Church propagated its ideals of femininity and motherhood.

Author: Christine Getz
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 07/08/2013
Pages: 360
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.39lbs
Size: 9.25h x 6.30w x 1.03d
ISBN: 9780253007872

About the Author

Christine Getz is Associate Professor of Musicology and Dean's Scholar at the University of Iowa.

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