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date: 14 December 2019

Havestadt (Hosfelman), Bernhard [Bernardo]locked

  • Alfred E. Lemmon

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[Bernardo]

(b Cologne, Feb 27, 1714; d Münster, ?Jan 28, 1781). German philologist and compiler of music. He became a Jesuit missionary in 1732 and in 1746 left for Chile, where he arrived in 1748. After the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish Americas in 1767 he returned to Germany, and ten years later he published a linguistic treatise, Chilidúgú, sive Res chilenses, vel Descriptio status tum naturalis, tum civilis, cum moralis regni populique chilensis (Münster, 1777). It contains two sections critical for an understanding of the role of music in missiology. In the dictionary of the Araucanian language, sections 561–4 are devoted to native musical terminology. Part 6 includes 16 hymn texts in the Araucanian language set to European melodies with basso continuo; most of the texts are based on Catholic acts of charity and contrition. Also included are songs for the arrival of civic and ecclesiastical officials. While innumerable missionaries left accounts of the practice of making translations from the Catechism and setting them to European melodies, Havestadt was exceptional in publishing both texts and melodies with basso continuo....

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