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Themes Of Exile And (Re-)Enclosure In Music For The Franciscan Convents Of Counter-Reformation Munich During The Thirty Years' War

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In recent years we have learned much about musical culture behind the walls of early modern enclosed convents, spaces in which liturgical and devotional music attracted both popular interest and ecclesiastical censure in the patriarchal atmosphere of Tridentine reform. Secularization in the early nineteenth century meant the uneven preservation of records from religious institutions, especially female convents. Munich's three houses of Franciscan tertiary nuns - the Pütrich house of St. Christophorus, the Ridler house of St. Johannes auf der Stiege, and the Poor Clares of St. Jakob am Anger - had been founded in the late thirteenth century and survived into the early modern era as relatively open communities with a charitable focus. In Counter-Reformation Bavaria, virginal nuns came to be seen as guarantors and symbols of God's favor toward an ideal Catholic state; their potency in this role depended on their very removal from the public sphere.

Keywords: counter-reformation Munich; Franciscan convents; musical culture; post-Tridentine claustration



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