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Borrowed Voices: Music of the Reformation

Musical ensemble Oxford Baroque have the aim of combining rigorous musicological scholarship with the highest standards of performance and will collaborate with Kat Hill and Clare Copleand to develop and stage a public concert programme on the theme of religious musical experiences during the Reformation. The project will explore meaningful comparisons and contrasts between music of different confessions in light of their theological and social differences, and similarities.
The programme’s innovation and appeal lies in presenting underexplored pieces, such as Anabaptist martyr songs, alongside music of other confessions and with in-depth exploration of the context in which music was produced and experienced. In tandem with the concert, there will be a one-day interdisciplinary workshop, exploring themes such as the material culture of music, reception theory, and the history of emotions.