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After the household in the late Middle Ages became an enclosed living and working space, the domestic sphere offered all social classes a welcome opportunity to make music in an atmosphere of equality and exclusivity, particularly given the strict regulation of public music-making that prevailed in the early modern period. The German term Hausmusik (“house music”; domestic music) which is attested from Bartholomaeus Gesius’ Christliche Hauß und Tisc…

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Busch-Salmen, Gabriele, “Hausmusik”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020730>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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