Worldly songculture in manuscript songcollections (Southern Netherlands,ca. 1600 - ca. 1800) from the collection of the Ghent university.Handgeschreven Liederen. Wereldlijke liedcultuur in liedhandschriften(Zuidelijke Nederlanden, ca. 1600 - ca. 1800) uit de GentseUniversiteitsbibliotheek.
Worldly songculture in manuscript songcollections (Southern Netherlands,ca. 1600 - ca. 1800) from the collection of the Ghent university.
Moelans, Pieter; S0005033
Themes covered in the different chapters of the thesis include two centuries of amorous song collections in youth groups. From the French song collections and gallant imagination in alba amicorum of young ladies circa 1600 to the mix of amorous lyricism and revolutionary discours in youth repertoires of the late 18th century. But there are also repertoires for young nightlife, songs to dance to and sing at the ball, and local song repertoires for young people and students in Louvain. Adult song writers use their collection as a didactic tool to help young maidens choose a path for their adult lives, or distance their work from any kind of didactic purpose by proclaiming it the repertoire of the Calis gang, an imaginary fraternity of drunkards, bums and worse. At the end of the 18th century a new type of manuscript song collection appears, the organized work of large-scale collectors of the popular song culture as it exists at the time. Additionally the doctoral thesis studies general patternsof everyday song culture and notation. Writing down songs circa 1800 isa profoundly different experience than it was two centuries earlier, that much is clear.