Cecilian Movement
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The Cecilian Movement was a movement initiated by Regensburg church musicians around the mid-19th century. Its aim was to reform Catholic church music in a secularized world, and to deepen its liturgical significance. In 1868, at a second attempt, the Allgemeine Caecilienverein (‘General Cecilian Association’) was founded, and Pope Pius IX recognized the new society in 1870. The ideas of the Cecilians were not rooted in new ideas of a conservative Regensburg circle, but deliberately drew on older traditions that seemed to be dying out in the wake of Secularization (legal).

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Körndle, Franz, “Cecilian Movement”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017959>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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