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Layers of Meaning: Intertextuality in Early Anabaptist Song
Troyer, Scott R

2016, MM, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music: Music History.
Anabaptism is one of the smaller, less well-known movements of the sixteenth-century Reformation. Very little musicological research regarding this separatist group has been done, partly due to their small size, lack of engagement in the contemporary religiopolitical landscape, and the near non-existence of musical notation within the movement’s musical repertoire. The largest extant collection from the first half-century of Anabaptism, Etliche Schone Christliche Geseng/wie sie in der Gefengkniß zu Passaw im Schloß von den Schweitzer Brudern durch Gottes gnad geticht und gesungen worden, was published anonymously in 1564 and expanded in 1583 with the additional title of “Ausbund, das ist.

The collection is comprised entirely of contrafacts. Scholars have identified the origins of most of the source tunes that Etliche Geseng references, though they have not frequently considered the relationships that exist between models and contrafacts aside from shared melodies. Expanding on Rebecca Wagner Oettinger’s categories of intertextual relationships as presented in her book Music as Propaganda in the German Reformation, one is able to gain insight into the musical lives and cultural awareness of the Etliche Gesengauthors. Patterns identified through the study of intertextual relationships even have the potential to indicate the origins and perhaps even the subject matter of model songs that are no longer extant.
Stephanie Schlagel, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
Matthew Peattie, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Mary Stucky, M.M. (Committee Member)
98 p.

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