Prof. Inga Mai Groote (Zurych)
Shaping identity by singing: was there a ‘Lutheran’ soundscape around 1600?
It is well known that in early modern Lutheran culture music was highly esteemed and supported by institutional structures. In cities and towns music was regularly taught at school, choirs and organists performed in services, and also in civic and private contexts music could be a valued activity.
The talk addresses (on the basis of some case studies from German towns, Hof, Naumburg, Wolfenbüttel) the question if it is possible to reconstruct the ‘soundcape’ – that is, the sonic environment – of such a place in greater detail. Especially sources like lists of music to be performed, inventories of music libraries, or references in other types of documents or compositions show which older traditions were kept and cultivated, which new repertories were introduced and which musical practices were familiar. In a wider perspective, it will be discussed which significances sonic experiences and activities could have for listeners in the past and which conclusions can be drawn about the role of specific musical traditions for building an identity.