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Stefanie Beghein: Music and the City

Music and the City. Beghein, Stefanie

Music and the City


Stefanie Beghein



Publisher Leuven University Press
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The societal dimension of music in urban life in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Although early modern urban musical life has been the object of investigation with several researchers, little is known about the ways in which musical cultures were integrated within their broader urban environments. Building upon recent trends within urban musicology, the authors of this volume aim to transcend descriptive overviews of institutions and actors involved with music within a given city. Instead, they consider the urban environment as the constitutive context for music making, and music as a significant aspect of urban society and identity.

Through selected case studies and by focusing on three ‘musical circuits'—opera and theatre music, sacred music, and secular songs—this book contributes to a more effective understanding of music in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century urban societies in the southern Netherlands and beyond. Musicological and historical research perspectives are fruitfully integrated, as well as insights from theatre scholarship and literary criticism. With attention to the musical life behind the traditional institutions, the circulation of repertoires, and musical cultures in peripheral urban environments or in cities ‘in decay', Music and the City sheds new light on the societal dimension of music in urban life.


Bruno Blondé (University of Antwerp), Timothy De Paepe (University of Antwerp), Rudolf Rasch (Utrecht University), Bruno Forment (Free University Brussels - Ghent University), Stefanie Beghein (University of Antwerp), Eugeen Schreurs (Artesis University College Antwerp, Royal Conservatory), Tanya Kevorkian (Millersville University), Anne-Madeleine Goulet (École française de Rome), Louis P. Grijp (Utrecht University - Meertens Institute)

(ISBN 9789058679550)