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Jan Ciglbauer: Two Alleluia Chants in Nicolaus Cosel’s Manuscript: On the Creation of New Liturgical Music in 15th-Century Central Europe
Two Alleluia Chants in Nicolaus Cosel’s Manuscript: On the Creation of New Liturgical Music in 15th-Century Central Europe Jan Ciglbauer Univerzita Karlova, Praha Nicolaus Cosel is one of the few personalities in the history of Central European chant whose name is not lost in the abyss of medieval anonymity. Perhaps because of this simple fact, his life and work have been attracting scholarly attention across disciplines for a long time. Research concerning his person and works is therefore relatively extensive. This Franciscan friar of Silesian origin left us the very interesting and well-known manuscript WRu I Q 466,1 his notebook from which we have learnt a great deal about his personality and intelectual preoccupations. The book, from 1414–1421, contains treatises, sermons, hymns, cantiones and some folios with notated music. This study is an attempt to place this small collection of liturgical music in the context of contemporary Central European cantiones. It is not known where Nicolaus gained his broad knowledge, but it was not at a university. There is no record of his studies at any of the Central European universities at the beginning of the 15th century. The origin of his education probably lies in a monastery school in Głogówek. In 1414, Nicolaus joined the Franciscan monastery in áslav. During the next few years he travelled a great deal within Central Europe. He might have visited eský Krumlov, Prague, Olomouc, Krnov and his presence can be traced to Silesian and Moravian monasteries. For some time...
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