The Royal Chapel in the time of the Habsburgs

The Royal Chapel in the time of the Habsburgs

Music and Court Ceremony in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Juan José Carreras, Bernardo García García


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Focusing on the royal chapel established by Philip II in Madrid, the essays in this richly illustrated volume offer a series of different perspectives on the development of the main court chapels of Europe.
English version edited by Tess Knighton The royal chapel, in Europe as a whole and in Spain in particular, was a cultural institution where court ceremonial, politics, music and the arts were brought together in terms of space and function. The ramifications for the patronage and cultivation of the arts and the dynamic between music and the arts and the concept of kingship form the focus of the text.
The phenomenon of groupings of singers, chaplains and musicians at the service of the different European monarchies is of great significance both for the history of music, and the political and cultural history of the court in general. The royal chapel established by Philip II in Madrid was the central religious and musical institution of royal power until well into the eighteenth century, and using this as a focus, the essays in this richly illustrated volume offer a series of different perspectives on the development of the main court chapels of Europe.
These papers were delivered at the international seminar, 'La Real Capilla de Palacio en la época de los Austrias', under the auspices of the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, Madrid from 14 to 16 December, 2000.

The volume is edited by Tess Knighton, Juan José Carreras and Bernardo García García, and translated by Yolanda Acker.


September 2005
25 black and white illustrations
410 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music
ISBN: 9781843831396
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AMN, 1D, 2AB, 3J, 4P
BISAC ART015000, ARC005000
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Bernardo J García García
The court chapel: a musical profile and the historiographical context of an institution - Juan José Carreras
The English royal chapel: models and perspectives - Andrew Wathey
Rites of passage: music, ceremony and dynasty in Renaisssance Florence and Venice - Iain Fenlon
The institution of the imperial court chapel from Maximilian I to Charles VI - Herbert Seifert
The Chapelle Royale in the time of Louis XIV - Catherine Massip
`Foreign' music and musicians in sixteenth-century Spain - Emilio Ros Fábregas
A meeting of chapels: Toledo, 1502 - Tess Knighton
Musical relations between the court and collegiate chapels in the Netherlands [1450-1560] - Eugeen Schreurs
Nicolas Payen, an unknown chapelmaster of Charles V and Philip II - Ignace Bossuyt
The form and function of the music chapel at the court of Philip II - Luis Robledo Estaire
Processions to the `city of the dead': the Spanish royal chapel and an anonymous Requiem from El Escorial - Michael Noone
The royal chapel in the etiquettes of the viceregal court of Naples during the eighteenth century - Dinko Fabris
The musicians of the Spanish royal chapel and court entertainments, 1590-1648 - Louise K Stein
Spaces for court music - José Manuel Barbeito Díez
The pulpit in the royal chapel during the Spanish Hapsburg era: a receptacle and echo of Baroque culture - Francis Cerdán
The royal chapel as the setting for political struggle: praise and attacks on the royal favourite during the time of Philip IV - Fernando Negredo del Cerro
The ceremonial of majesty and aristocratic protest: the royal chapel at the court of Charles II - Antonio Alvarez-Ossorio Alvariño
The palace royal chapel at the end of the seventeenth century - Juan Sanchez Belén
The royal chapel and musical networks: festería, brotherhoods and friendly societies for musicians in eighteenth- century Madridcentury Madrid - Nicolás Morales


An important book. [...] A valuable contribution to the field of court studies. RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY
Every essay is well written, authoritative, and informative. There are no weak links...One of the things that this study does well is to cover its subject from many angles with a variety of methodologies and a broad chronological spectrum...It is clearly the work of excellent scholars who care about their field. MUSIC & LETTERS
The first important study of the Spanish capilla real...innovatory. EARLY MUSIC

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