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Research Colloquium: Robert Rawson
January 21, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Robert Rawson (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Music, Religion and Diplomacy — A Re-Evaluation of Gottfried Finger’s Role in the Triumph of the Italian
The Colloquia feature leading figures, as well as younger scholars, from across the world. They present their research in papers on all kinds of music-related topics. Graduate students Annabelle Page and George Haggett organise the series. Presentations are followed by discussion and a drinks reception. Students, staff, and the general public are warmly encouraged to attend.
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.