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Music 1711F/G Lecture Notes - Scientific Revolution, Counterpoint, New Idea

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Music 1711F/G
Kate Helsen

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Mar 18 – Prelude to the Baroque Era
Age of Absolutism
Louis XIV (reigned 1643-1715) – the age of Absolutism in France/Continental
Absolutism: royalty (king or queen) claims complete dominance over the
state. The people accept this due to The Divine Right of Kings – God
approves of the kingship, and the people must accept this – the person was
meant to be in the role.
Versailles is a testament to his power
Absolutism and the arts: kings have a lot of money, so they can pay artists,
musicians, architects etc. To create the absolute best art to impress the
people, diplomats from other countries, and to display wealth.
The Thirty Years' War
1618-1648. Mostly on Germanic lands – France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark,
Holland, and H.R.E. States (Germanic)
Begun – Catholic and Protestant conflict
Sustained: territory (Hapsburg vs Bourbon)
Effect: famine, disease, broken economy – the worst for Germany.
Revoking the Edict of Nantes
France was 'ahead' after Thirty Years' war
Edict of Nantes (1598): a peace deal b/w Catholics and Protestants in France
1685: France revokes this edict
Many Protestants (Huguenots) flee France for Protestant countries (Holland
and N America)
Absolutism never takes hold
Parliament works with Monarchy
Struggle b/w the two: English Civil War (1642-1649) until Charles I died
England ruled by Oliver Cromwell for almost 10 years
Cromwell died, monarchy reintroduced/restored.
Glorious Revolution” (1688-9) pro-Catholic, absolutist-leaning James II
(leans towards Louis XIV's ideas) replaced by his daughter Mary and
husband, William of Orange – they reign together.
Public Support of the Arts
In places where Absolutism doesn't work (England, Venice, Hamburg)
Art now written for the public and paid for by the public. Not solely paid for
by the king anymore – art is now not just what the king does to make
himself and his kingdom look good.
Music written for church or court or the public on the street.
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