Traditions – Influences – Identities- Proceedings of the International Musicological Conference- July 4–7 2013, Iaşi (Romania)
The musics of the Prince: Music, ceremonies and representations of the Princely power at the courts of Walachia and Moldavia during the 17th and 18th centuries (first part)
The Musics of the Prince:Music, Ceremonies and Representations of the Princely Power at the Courts of Walachia and Moldavia during the 17th and 18th Centuries (First Part)
Nicolae GheorghiţăOrchestra Conducting and Complementary Instruments DepartmentNational University of Music Bucharest,Str. Ştirbei Vodă, Sector 1, BucureştiROMÂNIAnaegheorghita@hotmail.com
The Romanian Principalities went under the jurisdiction of the Ottoman Empire beginning with the half of the 16th century. This meant that the princes of the two provinces at the northern part of Danube were appointed and dismissed depending on the Sultan’s caprices or on the moods of some high dignitaries at the Sublime Porte. The ceremonies taken over from the Sultan’s court were to be superimposed over the Byzantine religious and secular rites in a world where the Greek and Turkish traditions and languages were fighting to gain supremacy over the French and the Italian one, but also over the Western Europe clothing and artistic practices. The current study investigates the musical background of the prince court ceremonies at the religious and secular fests and its role in complementing the glamorous scenery and in representing and glorifying the princes’ absolute power.
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