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Staging Harmony: Music and Religious Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Drama

Katherine Steele Brokaw


This book reveals how the relationship between drama, music, and religious change across England’s long sixteenth century moved religious discourse to more moderate positions. It did so by reproducing the complex personal attachments, nostalgic overtones, and bodily effects that allow performed music to evoke the feeling, if not always the reality, of social harmony. The book demonstrates how theatrical music from the late fifteenth to the early seventeenth centuries contributed to contemporary discourses on the power and morality of music and its proper role in religious life, shaping the cha ... More

Keywords: Tudor drama, music, religious discourse, social harmony, religious life, medieval drama, Elizabethan drama, Jacobean drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501703140
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501703140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Steele Brokaw, author
University of California, Merced