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Repetitions of Virtue: Music Pedagogy and Ethical Capacity in the Quatrains de Pibrac en musique

Thu, March 26, 1:15 to 2:45pm, Hauptgebäude, Unter den Linden 6, Floor: Second Floor, 3059


In the years after the devastating St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of 1572, the Quatrains of Guy du Faur Pibrac and their various musical settings became popular pedagogical tools for both Protestants and Catholics in France. A striking feature of the prefaces to these books of poetry and music is their accent on the relationship between virtuous living and artistic activity, be it poetic or musical. From the simplistic, monophonic musical settings to the more elaborate polyphonic settings of the Quatrains, these prints illuminate a shifting approach to the ethical capacity of musical performance as a means of moral repair during and after the Wars of Religion.