The Council of Trent and Polyphony for the Office in Iberian Sources

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It is possible to find, in musicological literature published as late as 1997, several misassumptions regarding the Council of Trent and its impact on sacred polyphony. Although these erroneous perspectives have been challenged since the 1940s, these more up-to-date theories have, for a long time, left out peripheral countries. More recently, however, some studies have approached the influence of the Tridentine Council in a more holistic and geographically broader fashion, namely in what regards the liturgy in the Iberian Peninsula. If some alterations were quite pragmatic, being materialised in the 1568 Breviarium Romanum and the 1570 Missale Romanum, others do not seem to have been so much on the level of particular musical features (hardly spoken of or specified during the Council, in fact) but much more on the creation of a certain atmosphere, which should be propitious to devotion and to the restoration of faith. This paper will look at the Hispanic polyphonic Office in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and in what ways it was (or not) affected by Tridentine decrees. This will hopefully contribute to a more balanced and knowledgeable perspective of Iberian Renaissance polyphony, both by its approach to a usually less studied repertory (polyphony for the Office) and by its research on a fundamental issue for Renaissance sacred polyphony: the aftermath of the Council of Trent.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMedieval and Renaissance Music Conference University of Sheffield - University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20168 Jul 2016


ConferenceMedieval and Renaissance Music Conference University of Sheffield
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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