Jan Dismas Zelenka: A Bohemian Musician at the Court of Dresden

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Music - 352 pages
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Only in the latter half of the twentieth century did the star of Jan Dismas Zelenka begin to ascend. Why did this major Bohemian composer of the Baroque era - who was known to, and esteemed by Johann Sebastian Bach - remain in the shadows for so long? Although most of Zelenka's music was composed to serve the Catholic liturgy, he left a handful of secular compositions, including six remarkable chamber sonatas. When these were first published in the 1960s, the resurrection of the almost-forgotten Zelenka was heralded. Drawing upon surviving musical materials, contemporary accounts, and Jesuit documentation, this volume presents insights into Zelenka's life and his music and the brilliant context in which he worked - the Dresden court during the reigns of the Kings of Poland and Electors of Saxony, Friedrich August I and II. A catalogue of Zelenka's compositions is also included.
  

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Contents

Early Years in Bohemia
1
Dresden and Vienna
32
Catholic Music and Liturgy
59
The Melodrama and Other VCbrks
104
Liturgical Compositions 17231732
136
The Musical Organization of the Dresden Court 17341745
211
Zelenkas Late Style
229
bars 14
242
Crucifixus bars 10816 1224
256
Afterlife
265
Appendix A Worklist
286
Appendix B Dedications and Petitions
307
Select Bibliography
321
Index of Compositions
336
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Janice B. Stockigt is Research Fellow at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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