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Fruits of the Cross: Passiontide Music Theater in Habsburg Vienna

Robert L. Kendrick


This study of some sixty-odd Italian-language music-theater pieces for Holy Week in seventeenth-century Vienna addresses the issues of Habsburg dynastic piety, memory and commemoration, Passion devotion, and political meaning in the works. It further considers some surprising conjunctions of poetic conceptualism in connection with surprising—and theatrical—musical techniques. The pieces were meant to be performed in front of a constructed replica of Christ’s tomb—hence their Italian sobriquet, sepolcri—and often with an additional stage-set. Flourishing during the reign of Emperor Leopold I (1 ... More

Keywords: Habsburgs, Pietas Austriaca, sepolcri, Leopold I, Passion, conceptualism, dynastic ideology, theatricality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297579
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert L. Kendrick, author
University of Chicago