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2 - Performing Piety

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 May 2020

Amanda Eubanks Winkler
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Syracuse University, New York
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This chapter maps how students moved, sometimes literally and sometimes figuratively, between church and schoolroom, and the purposes religious music-making served in these contexts. It focuses on students’ performance of psalms, especially how particular performance practices (processing two-by-two) and the selection of psalms with moralizing texts inculcated potentially unruly children into the Protestant faith through bodily discipline and the act of communal singing. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the “Easter Psalms” sung at the Spital Sermon by children from the school at Christ’s Hospital as a multisensory event. Religious speech, music, and the display of the children’s bodies in their characteristic blue uniforms worked together to solicit charitable donations for the school and to demonstrate their piety, a performance practice that continues to this day. However, the potential for disruption, for something to go awry, for the script to be overturned is ever present, then and now.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • Performing Piety
  • Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University, New York
  • Book: Music, Dance, and Drama in Early Modern English Schools
  • Online publication: 14 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108858984.003
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  • Performing Piety
  • Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University, New York
  • Book: Music, Dance, and Drama in Early Modern English Schools
  • Online publication: 14 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108858984.003
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  • Performing Piety
  • Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Syracuse University, New York
  • Book: Music, Dance, and Drama in Early Modern English Schools
  • Online publication: 14 May 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108858984.003
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