Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

BookPrinted Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

Clemson University Press: Studies in British Musical Cultures


September 11th, 2020

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Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England reveals how consistently music, in theory and practice, was used as propaganda in a variety of printed genres that included or discussed music from the English Civil Wars through the reign of William and Mary. These printed items—bawdy broadside ballads, pamphlets paid for by Parliament, sermons advertising the Church of England’s love of music, catch-all music collections, music treatises addressed to monarchs, and masque and opera texts—when connected in a contextual mosaic, reveal a new picture of not just individual propaganda pieces, but multi-work propaganda campaigns with contributions that cross social boundaries. Musicians, Royalists, Parliamentarians, government officials, propagandists, clergymen, academics, and music printers worked together setting musical traps to catch the hearts and minds of their audiences and readers. Printed Musical Propaganda proves that the influential power of music was not merely an academic matter for the early modern English, but rather a practical benefit that many sought to exploit for their own gain.

'Mann is to be praised for analysing a wide range of material from across the political spectrum. Overall, it is difficult to disagree with his assessment that ‘the power of music represented a living, practical force in early modern England’ (p. 73).'
Jenni Hyde, The Folk Music Journal

Author Information

Joseph Arthur Mann’s recent research includes articles and presentations on music as ethical instruction in writings and music collections by Thomas Morley and John Dowland, the political power of praising music in early modern England, and the research on musical propaganda that led to this monograph. His secondary research interests include the nineteenth-century synthesis of music and literature in Germany, England, and France. He currently shares his passion for music and great books with his students at North Phoenix Preparatory Academy, a campus of the Great Hearts network of classical, liberal arts charter schools and through his teaching for the Institute for Classical Education.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Editorial Practices7
Acknowledgments and Dedication9
1. Cavaliers, Roundheads, and Musical Identity Politics, 1640–4937
2. Orthodoxy and Cultural Identity through Music in the English Interregnum85
3. Supporting the Monarchy and the Church of England during the Restoration149
4. Music as Propaganda for the Church of England after the Toleration Act195
Appendix A: Interregnum Music Collections233
Appendix B: Interregnum Song Collection Contents and Designation of Possible and Definite Propaganda Songs in Each Collection235
Appendix C: Chronological List of Published Pamphlets with a Substantial Focus on Church Music, 1586–1711255