Music, Religion and Diplomacy — A Re-Evaluation of Gottfried Finger’s Role in the Triumph of the Italian style in England | University of Oxford

Music, Religion and Diplomacy — A Re-Evaluation of Gottfried Finger’s Role in the Triumph of the Italian style in England

Speaker
Robert Rawson - Canterbury Christ Church University
Event date
Event time
17:15 - 19:00
Venue
Faculty of Music
St Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DB
Venue details

Denis Arnold Hall

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

In his 1683 Sonatas of Three Parts Henry Purcell declared that the pieces were a ‘just imitation of the most fam’d Italian Masters’—a claim now often regarded to be more commercially minded than musical. Even if that reading is correct, more profound and lasting Italian musical influences arrived in England following the coronation of James II in 1685 and the establishment of distinctly Italianate musical ensemble for his Catholic Chapel. This presentation focuses on Finger’s central and pioneering role in bringing the Italian musical style (or at least a certain version of that style) to the very heart of the British political establishment in the Catholic Chapel as well as the circle of influence under his patron Charles Montagu, Earl (later Duke) of Manchester. The lecture also addresses the context and function of such works after the revolution of 1688 and Finger’s complicated relationship with print culture and publishers, as well as his roles in music for diplomatic circles.