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Hamburg: n.p., 1728.
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||Der musicalische Patriot
||Der musicalische Patriot, welcher seine gruendliche Betrachtungen, ueber Geist- und Weltl. Harmonien, samt dem, was durchgehends davon abhaenget, in angenehmer Abwechselung zu solchem Ende mittheilet, dasz Gottes Ehre, das gemeine Beste, und eines jeden Lesers besondere Erbauung dadurch befoerdert gestellet von Mattheson.
"Der musicalische Patriot came out as a periodical of sorts, although it is probably better described as a book published in weekly installments. Mattheson brought it out in 1728, during a heated controversy over the style of music proper for ecclesiastical use. Many composers were employing musical devices originally developed in operatic practice for underlining the emotional content of Biblical texts; the texts themselves were frequently corrupt, sentimentalized adaptations of the Bible. Mattheson had himself composed a number of highly dramatic oratorios for the Hamburg Domkirche, where he was musical director. In fact, he had gone so far as to introduce women singers into the formal music of the Dom--a practice unheard of in the Lutheran churches of Hamburg prior to his time. The extreme position which he adopted in the argument provoked the most acrimonious rebuttals of any ever directed at him, including slurs on his musical abilities and pointed references to his increasing deafness."