Music and Ceremony at the Court of Charles V

Music and Ceremony at the Court of Charles V: The Capilla Flamenca and the Art of Political Promotion

Mary Tiffany Ferer
Volume: 12
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 320
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7722/j.ctt3fgmgh
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    Music and Ceremony at the Court of Charles V
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    The presentation of Charles V as universal monarch, defender of the faith, magnanimous peacemaker, and reborn Roman Emperor became the mission of artists, poets, and chroniclers, who shaped contemporary perceptions of him and engaged in his political promotion. Music was equally essential to the making of his image, as this book shows. It reconstructs musical life at his court, by examining the compositions which emanated from it, the ordinances prescribing its rituals and ceremonies, and his prestigious chapel, which reflected his power and influence. A major contribution, offering new documentary material and bringing together the widely dispersed information on the music composed to mark the major events of Charles's life. It offers.a very useful insight into music as one of many elements that served to convey the notion of the emperor-monarch in the Renaissance. TESS KNIGHTON. Mary Ferer is Associate Professor at the College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-834-6
    Subjects: Music, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. List of Illustrations
    (pp. vi-vi)
  4. List of Tables
    (pp. vii-vii)
  5. Monasterio de Yuste and the Palacio del Emperador Carlos V
    (pp. viii-viii)
  6. Preface and Acknowledgements
    (pp. ix-x)
  7. List of Abbreviations
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  8. CHAPTER 1 Charles V: Defender of the Faith and Universal Monarch
    (pp. 1-25)

    On 24 February 1530 Charles V, King of Spain, Ruler of the Netherlands, and King of the Romans, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Clement VII in an elaborate ceremony at Bologna marked by pageantry and symbolism. Charles ruled over an extensive empire which stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean, and from the Danube across the Atlantic to the New World. His realm included the Netherlands and Flanders, Aragon and Castile, the Habsburg territories in Austria and Germany, the duchy of Milan, Bohemia and Hungary, the kingdom of Naples, and the Spanish colonies in the Americas. It...

  9. CHAPTER 2 The Genesis of the Chapel
    (pp. 26-65)

    In what has been described as ‘the greatest armada ever seen’¹ a fleet of 133 ships and an escort of 15,000 men set sail from Spain for the Low Countries in August 1496. Aboard was Juana of Castile, third child and second daughter of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, rulers of Spain, on her way to the Low Countries to marry the Archduke of Burgundy, Philip the Fair, and, in so doing, advance Spanish interests in the region and forge an alliance between Spain and the Holy Roman Empire against France.² The marriage was celebrated on 20 October...

  10. CHAPTER 3 The Reconstruction of the Capilla Flamenca
    (pp. 66-125)

    On 23 January 1516 Ferdinand died, and Charles, as heir to the thrones of Spain, claimed the title of King of Castile, Leon, and Aragon. In ceremonies at the church of St Gudule in Brussels on 13 March of the same year, Juana and Charles were declared co-rulers of Spain. As the words, ‘Long live doña Joanna and don Carlos, the Catholic kings’ rang out, ‘Charles set aside his mourning robe and raised a consecrated sword from the altar to the acclamation of the masses.’¹ Like Ferdinand, Charles went on to deny Juana her rights as sovereign of Spain and...

  11. CHAPTER 4 The Chapel Ordinances: Ritual and Repertory at the Court
    (pp. 126-159)

    On 25 October 1555, during a ceremony in Brussels, Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Spain, transferred his rule in the Netherlands to his son Prince Philip. In the abdication speech which followed, Charles recounted that during his reign of over 40 years, he had made 40 journeys: ten trips to the Low Countries, nine to Germany, seven to Italy, six to Spain, four to France, two to England, and two to North Africa.¹ He recalled that he had made 11 voyages by sea, and would soon make a final one to Spain. As he...

  12. CHAPTER 5 Music and Ceremony at the Court of Charles V
    (pp. 160-202)

    So begins Hugo Soly’s essay in a definitive study of Charles V published in the year 2000 on the 500th anniversary of the emperor’s birth. As this ‘message from Bologna’ decrees, Charles’s ‘advent’ would be praised in painting, sculpture, poetry, and with sumptuous ceremonies enhanced by music. The repertory which celebrated the important events in Charles’s reign is listed in Table 5.1.

    Charles spent most of the first 15 years of his life in Mechelen at the court of Margaret of Austria, regent of the Netherlands. However, in those early years, several important occasions of state took him to other...

  13. CHAPTER 6 Charles V as Crusader and Christian Knight
    (pp. 203-219)

    Among the more elaborate festivities at the court of Charles V were those connected with the ceremonies of the chivalric Order of the Golden Fleece. The Order had been founded by the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good, in 1430 at the time of his marriage to Isabelle of Portugal,

    for the perfect love that we have for the noble estate and order of chivalry … in praise of our Almighty Creator and Redeemer, in reverence of his glorious Virgin Mother, and to the honour of St Andrew, glorious Apostle and Martyr, and to the exaltation of the faith and...

  14. CHAPTER 7 The Presentation of the Emperor
    (pp. 221-240)

    The most enduring image of Charles V, Titian’s famous equestrian portrait of the emperor, now hangs in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. It was commissioned following the decisive victory over the Protestants at Mühlberg in 1547.¹ Titian has been careful to capture the details of the event realistically. Charles rides his own horse and wears his own armour as he did on the day of the battle. According to eyewitnesses, the cloudy sky, tinged with streaks of red (a bloody sun according to some commentators), is exactly as it looked on the morning of the victory when, at a...

  15. APPENDIX A Chapel Rosters
    (pp. 241-243)
  16. APPENDIX B Chapel Statutes and Ordinances
    (pp. 244-245)
  17. APPENDIX C Selected Chapel Personnel
    (pp. 246-264)
  18. APPENDIX D Musical Manuscripts, Prints, and Editions
    (pp. 265-280)
  19. Glossary
    (pp. 281-282)
  20. Bibliography
    (pp. 283-296)
  21. Index
    (pp. 297-305)
  22. Back Matter
    (pp. 306-307)