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Convent Music and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Vienna by Janet K. Page

By Janet K. Page

Janet web page explores the interplay of tune and piety, court docket and church, as visible during the dating among the Habsburg courtroom and Vienna's convents. For a interval of a few twenty-five years, encompassing the top of the reign of Emperor Leopold I and that of his elder son, Joseph I, the court's emphasis on piety and song meshed completely with the musical practices of Viennese convents. This collectively useful organization disintegrated in the course of the eighteenth century, and the altering dating of court docket and convents unearths whatever of the complicated connections one of the Habsburg courtroom, the Roman Catholic Church, and Viennese society. determining and discussing many musical works played in convents, together with oratorios, performs with tune, feste teatrali, sepolcri, and different church track, web page finds a golden age of convent tune in Vienna and sheds gentle at the convents' excellent engagement with modern politics.

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34 This oratorio, perhaps typically of the mid-eighteenth century, was rather small in scale, with only a few soloists. Some of the performers – presumably the soloists – were not nuns, but friends and relatives of the bride; they were likely accompanied by convent musicians playing keyboard instruments, violins, and viola da gamba. A bürgerliches girl: Theresia Keller, Joseph Haydn, and the convent of St. Nikolai Joseph Haydn’s biographer Georg August Griesinger, who interviewed the composer in his later years, reported that Haydn, as a struggling young musician, 31 32 33 34 Joseph I had died on April 17, and his mother served as regent until her second son, Karl, was able to return from Spain.

Wien 1810, ed. Horst Seeger and Arnold Zweig (Berlin: Henschelverlag, 1963), 45. The vote for Theresia’s acceptance is dated April 8, 1755; the vote of approval for her profession is dated May 12, 1756; “Protokolle über die Wahl und Aufnahme . . 15 (St. Nikola), A1/3, A-Wsa. 15 (St. Nikola), A1/2, 21. ), Festschrift Wilhelm Fischer zum 70. Geburtstag überreicht im Mozartjahr 1956 (Innsbruck: Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Innsbruck, 1956), 109–22. I thank Michael Lorenz for information on the Keller family.

I ask for no gold, magnificence or homage” conflated several separate but similar ceremonies. The girl is identified as Cäcilia Breuner, and a girl by that name made her vows at the Königinkloster in 1658. However, the girl is also said to be the bishop’s niece; a Maria Clara Breuner, a niece of the current bishop, entered the Augustinian convent of St. Agnes zur Himmelpforte in April 1660,4 during Müller’s visit. 5 At St. 6 One of this ceremony’s most remarkable features was the participation of members of the imperial family.

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