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The Power of SongMusic and Dance in the Mission Communities of Northern New Spain, 1590–1810$
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Kristin Mann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770866

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770866.001.0001

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Liturgical and Religious Music in Europe, 1500–1800

Liturgical and Religious Music in Europe, 1500–1800

(p.43) Chapter 2 Liturgical and Religious Music in Europe, 1500–1800
The Power of Song
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This chapter examines the liturgical and religious music brought by Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries to New Spain and ultimately to the frontier missions during the period from 1500 to 1800. It explains that the sacred music of the liturgy helped to foster group identity among believers and missionaries and that musical devotion represented an outward sign of inner piety and a restatement of personal belief. This chapter mentions that each religious order developed their own specific rules and practices regarding the place of music in their communities.

Keywords:   liturgical music, religious music, Franciscan missionaries, Jesuit missionaries, New Spain, group identity, inner piety, personal belief

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