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Italian repertoire in Moravia based on the oldest inventories up to ca1650


MAŇAS Vladimír

Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description In late sixteenth-century Moravia, we can presume that musical life flourished not only in the largest urban centres, i.e. royal cities, but also in smaller towns. However, due to the limited body of preserved sources we are still unable to create a comprehensive picture of the musical culture at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to historical inventories, we can follow the change of repertoire (or musical paradigm?) during the first half of the 17th century. The oldest inventories from Olomouc (1594, 1602) and Příbor (1614, 1637) were discovered and transcribed by Jiří Sehnal; two other sources from parish churches of Northern Moravia (Ostrava 1616) and Nový Jičín (1630) will also be taken into account here, although there is no direct trace of Italian music. Regarding the dissemination of the polyphonic repertory, most comprehensive source comes from Prostějov (1607/1608). It is the inventory of a collection recently built for the duke of Lichtenstein; most of the printed music (motets as well as madrigals) was bought in Vienna 1604. Piarists in Mikulov ordered compositions by Palestrina and Anerio from Italy as late as in 1633. Another late but valuable testimony is the estate inventory of Jiří Jakub Piškula, the imperial magistrate in Hradiště, who died in 1632. This source lists seventeen books of tablature and fourteen prints of German songs and Italian madrigals, among others by Ferrabosco, and Marenzio. Evaluating the aforementioned inventories from Příbor and later sources from other Moravian towns, we can observe the gradual employment of Italian early baroque, from Concerti ecclesiastici by G. Finetti in Příbor 1614 to later Venetian prints by Grandi, Donati and Scapitta, obtained in 1638 for Příbor by the local parish priest.
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