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The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1742

New Contexts – New Perspectives


Edited By Pawel Gancarczyk and Lenka Hlávková-Mrácková

The volume includes detailed studies concerning various aspects of the musical culture of Silesia from the fifteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries. The authors, who represent academic centres in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Holland, France and Great Britain, present new sources, as well as reinterpreting previously known facts and phenomena. What makes the approach here so original is that it takes into account the wider context of musical culture in Silesia, not limited to examining it exclusively in relation to the Polish, Czech or German cultures. Here we can see Silesia as one of the regions of Central Europe, and not merely as a western province of Poland, northern province of the Czech Kingdom, or eastern province of Prussia.


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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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