Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Power and display in the court music of Augustus the Strong: The influences affecting the composition of Johann David Heinichens's sinfonias
by Hannington, Richard Luke, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 214; 1507647
Abstract (Summary)

The four works by Johann David Heinichen (1683–1729) that have been designated sinfonias are, in fact, a hybrid of several genres, the Italian sinfonia, concert sinfonia, suite, and concerto. The hybrid nature of the pieces is a result of Italian influences combined with the need to incorporate music into and ongoing campaign to raise the stature of the Dresden court on the European stage, as undertaken by his patron Augustus the Strong. Heinichen's music was part of a broader set of projects that included building works, royal marriages, new industries, military campaigns, and the adoption of Catholicism in Saxony, the birthplace of Protestantism. This study examines the sinfonias within the context of these developments and suggests that the unique features of these works spring naturally from the political process, a process that is esentially theatrical.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hickman, Roger
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1507647
ISBN: 978-1-267-18160-2
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