University of California, Berkeley, Department of Music

Fall 2005, Music 220, Seminar, Friday 1-5 pm, Library, Seminar


Constructing a new ritual context

Reform and music: 1450-1600


Mary Kay Duggan, Prof.



Week 11.  Death and Dying

Koslovsky, Craig.  The Reformation of the Dead: Death and Ritual in Early Modern Germany.  1999.  BT 825  K64 2000.  ON RESERVE

  • Describes the elimination of the funeral ritual and its theological basis.  Focuses on Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden.  Significant impact on church and choir income.  See case studies of “funerals” p. 117 and role of music.

Rose, Stephen.  Schein’s Occasional Music and the Social Order in 12620s Leipzig.”  Early Music History, 23 (2004), 253-84.  Grove: “Schein stated in the preface to Fontana d’Israel that many of its contents were originally occasional works; although none has survived in a separate print, many of the texts are suitable for a wedding or a funeral.”


Fox, C. W.  “Polyphonic Requiems before about 1615.”  BAMS, 7 (1943), 6pp.


Requiem Mass for King Henry IV, d. 1610.  Eustache Du Courroy.  Sung at all French kings funerals until 1714.    CD 13600    Auvidis, 1999.

M2011 D813 M5 1983

  • M. Huglo, “A propos du “Requiem” de Du Courroy”.  RMI 51 (1963), 201-06.


Requiems of Lassus, 1578, 1580.  (Munich did not accept Trent until 1581).


Guerrero.  Requiems of 1566 and 1582.  Shows changes of text due to Trent.


Victoria.  fM2011 V52 D4 2000.  Facsimile, transcription.


Organ continuo begins 1615, Aichinger- 1619, Antonio Brunelli

For illustrations of music and funeral/burial ritual, see Musikgeschichte im Bildern, 15th century (fML89 M8 v. 3:8) and 16th century (fML89 M8 v. 3:9).