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Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England$
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Joseph Arthur Mann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979237

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979237.001.0001

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Orthodoxy and Cultural Identity through Music in the English Interregnum

Orthodoxy and Cultural Identity through Music in the English Interregnum

(p.75) Chapter 2 Orthodoxy and Cultural Identity through Music in the English Interregnum
Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

Joseph Arthur Mann

Liverpool University Press

After the Parliamentarian faction defeated, captured, and executed Charles I in the last years of the 1640s, their quest for political power shifted to establishing and maintaining a new cultural orthodoxy based in Calvinist morality and to solidifying their new-found political power. At the same time, the recently defeated and oppressed Royalist faction sought to maintain their own culture in the face of this new Calvinist orthodoxy. Chapter two examines and exposes how both of these groups made use of musical propaganda to support these conflicting agendas. Parliamentarians hired propagandists or otherwise sanctioned and promoted publications that endorsed psalm-singing (an integral part of the new orthodoxy) and defended it from the even more radical religious beliefs of the Quakers, who were even against psalm-singing in worship services. Royalists, on the other hand, kept the court culture of wine, pastoral imagery, and (now covert) support for the monarchy alive while also reliving their glorious antebellum period through the publication of old antebellum songs and masque libretti and the publication of new songs that comment on the current state of their community, urging perseverance and unity in the face of oppression.

Keywords:   Interregnum, Independents, Presbyterian, Commonwealth, propaganda, psalm-singing, Quakers, Royalists, maintenance, orthodoxy

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