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Music for the Times of Pestilence, 1420-1600
« on: January 21, 2017, 05:20:42 PM »
This make for an interesting read;
Music for the Times of Pestilence, 1420-1600

digitool.library.mcgill.ca/thesisfile107663.pdf

Abstract
Plague, a recurring affliction throughout pre-modern Europe, affected multiple facets of
life; not only was it a biological problem, pestilence was also read as a symptom of
spiritual degeneracy, and it caused widespread social disorder.  Assembling a picture of
the complex and sometimes contradictory responses to plague from the medical, spiritual,
and civic perspectives, I examine the role of music in the culture of plague.  Through the
course of the dissertation, I analyze polyphonic songs that invoke St. Sebastian, the
premier plague saint of the age, to illustrate the ways in which plague discourses may
have shaped musical composition and, conversely, the contributions of the musical works
to practical strategies against the disease.