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Title: Instrumental ensemble music at the court of Leopold I (1658-1705)
Author(s): Vaillancourt, Michael Grant
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Hill, John Walter
Department / Program: Music
Discipline: Musicology
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): History, European Music
Abstract: This dissertation deals with the instrumental ensemble music either composed or employed at the imperial court in Vienna during the reign of the Emperor Leopold I. The main focus of the study concerns the particular uses of instrumental music within the various social and political functions at the court. Four principal performance venues are discussed: outdoor music, banquet music, music for use in conjunction with the liturgy, and chamber music. In each, special attention was given to both the mode of presentation and musical stylistic features in order to transmit symbols embodying values of special importance particular to each performance situation.This study makes use of court documents and other primary sources that show a strong concern for minute detail in the presentation of music at the court. Plans and sketches for festivities show that exact instrumentation, placement of performing forces, and carefully controlled interaction between music and the activity of which it was a part were all the concern of court planners.The dissertation presents extensive musical analysis of the Austrian repertoire. This analysis is concerned with three main topics. First, harmonic and pitch structures are explored in the light of contemporary writings on modal theory. Second, musical form is discussed as an outgrowth of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century interest in classical rhetoric. Finally, the notion of Kaiserstil, long recognized as the dominant direction in Austrian architecture of the period, forms the focus of the third topic. Musical stylistic features are compared with those of architecture in an attempt to define a musical Kaiserstil. The study concludes by presenting over twenty Austrian ensemble sonatas in modern score for the first time.
Issue Date: 1991
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/19548
Rights Information: Copyright 1991 Vaillancourt, Michael Grant
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9136755
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9136755
 

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