Decoding Musical Resistance: English Vocal Music in the Service of the King, 1625-1660

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This study primarily discusses English vocal music from the period 1625-1660 and its social and political role in the English Civil War. Music clearly participated in the political and ideological warfare of mid-seventeenth century England. To counter pro-commonwealth, anti-monarchical messages of parliament, citizens loyal to the king, called royalists, used the arts and letters, and especially music, to carry their messages to the populace. These ballads, carols, psalms, catches, airs, and dialogues, affected politics and over time, helped to make the public favorable to the idea of the restoration of the monarchy. However, politics and the attendant social pressures also affected and changed English music. The process of change brought with it a cross-fertilization between traditional popular culture and cultivated art forms. Because of the nature of the war, loyalties were conflicted and shifting. This shifting of alliances continued through the period of the interregnum governmen
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jun 2005


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