Universität Erfurt

Projekt von Dr. Derek Stauff

Lutheran Music, Confession, and Religious Exile during the Thirty Years’ War

Religious persecution and exile left their imprint on the social fabric of seventeenth-century Germany. Intent on establishing confessional uniformity in their lands, Catholic rulers suppressed Protestantism across Bohemia, Austria, and other areas of central Europe. War only fueled their efforts, most notably in Bohemia after 1620. To avoid forced conversion, Protestants emigrated with increasing frequency. Lutheran regions of central Germany became a haven for thousands of religious refugees streaming over the borders. In the past decade, historians have begun to gauge the social, political, and economic repercussions brought on by these self-described refugees, but the impact of persecution and religiously-motivated migration on the music and musical institutions in central Germany has not be studied at length. My objective is to explain how individual pieces and printed collections of Lutheran music from central Germany could speak of persecution and exile. The work I will undertake in Gotha is an outgrowth of my dissertation, which focused on confession and politics in Saxony during the late 1620s and early 1630s.




Nutzermenü und Sprachwahl