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"Des musiciens au service de la majesté du culte"

Abstract : In the 17th and 18th centuries, canons hired priests or lay persons to aid or replace regular clergy in singing services, as well as to play "figurative" pieces of music - such as motets - to contribute to the splendor of worship. Generally regrouped by the generic term choir, these employees attest to the presence, not only in cathedrals but also in simple collegiate churches, of the church's intense musical activity throughout the kingdom, a reality long hidden by an exclusive interest in the music of Paris and of the Court. Today scholars are rediscovering the musical heritage of the provinces as well as its interpreters. A regional approach, as suggested in this volume, provides an excellent means of understanding the richness and the diversity of the world of church musicians.
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Bernard Dompnier. "Des musiciens au service de la majesté du culte". Bernard Dompnier (dir.). Les Bas chœurs d'Auvergne et du Velay. Le métier de musicien d'église aux XVIIe et XVIIe siècles, Clermont-Ferrand, Presses universitaires Blaise-Pascal, p. 9-17, 2010, Études sur le Massif central. ⟨halshs-00713787⟩



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