The Polyphonic Mass in Early Lutheran Central Europe
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212 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

30 b/w illus

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Polyphonic Mass in Early Lutheran Central Europe

by Alanna Ropchock Tierno

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Investigates the reception and performance history of the polyphonic mass in Lutheran Central Europe from ca. 1540-1600.

The five-movement polyphonic Mass Ordinary emerged from the cultural and liturgical practices of medieval Roman Catholicism and became the pre-eminent large-scale musical genre of early modern Europe. By the end of the sixteenth century, the polyphonic mass remained a core musical genre among Catholics despite gaining widespread popularity within a new institution fundamentally opposed to the Catholic Church and best known for its cultivation of vernacular liturgical music: the Lutheran church. This book investigates the reception and performance history of the polyphonic mass in Lutheran Central Europe from ca. 1540-1600.

Through careful source analysis, this study presents examples of polyphonic masses composed in both Lutheran and Catholic contexts that contradict the conventional conception of the Mass Ordinary as a fixed five-movement cycle with unaltered Latin texts. The book draws on sixteenth-century liturgical documents such as Lutheran church orders and hundreds of primary printed and manuscript sources of polyphonic masses; some of these items are well-known in Renaissance musicology source studies while others have received little to no scholarly attention. The book's findings invite reconsideration of how the Mass Ordinary genre is defined, allow for a discussion whether the polyphonic mass should be considered a bi-confessional genre, and present a cohesive examination of early modern liturgical music in the Germanic and western Slavic regions. It offers interesting reading to scholars and students of European Renaissance and religious music, as well as Reformation studies more generally.
Introduction: An Extraordinary Genre
1 A New Ordinary?
2 Cycles, Fragments, and the Lutheran Church
3 Polytextuality in Lutheran Masses
4 Tropes in Lutheran Polyphonic Masses
5 The Lutheran Reception of Early Modern Catholic Masses
Afterword
Bibliography
Index

ALANNA ROPCHOCK TIERNO is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music History and International Programs Coordinator at Shenandoah University.

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Title Details

212 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

30 b/w illus

Imprint: Boydell Press