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The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1742

New Contexts – New Perspectives

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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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Paweł Gancarczyk: A New Fragment of 15th-Century Polyphony in Silesia and the Tradition of the Central-European Repertory

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A New Fragment of 15th-Century Polyphony in Silesia and the Tradition of the Central-European Repertory Paweł Gancarczyk Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa The collection of medieval manuscripts at the University Library in Wrocław is among the largest in Poland. The volumes collected there come not only from the churches and monasteries of Wrocław, but also from various centres scattered over the whole of Silesia. Alongside liturgical codices with chant, one can find in the library numerous fragments with musical content, preserved together with manuscripts and early prints. This is an enormous collection, which has hardly been investigated and edited at all. It will not be possible to evaluate the collection’s value for research until it has been subjected to a systematic appraisal. Since the days of Fritz Feldmann we have known fragments of two mensural manuscripts and three organ tablatures, dated to the first half of fifteenth century.1 Researchers have also focused on the oldest chant sources in Silesia written in staffless notation, from the period between the tenth and thirteenth centuries.2 However, the collection of the University Library still hides many mysteries, as I discovered when working on the collection of 85 fragments preserved with incunabula.3 Among the remnants of numerous notated breviaries, antiphonaries and graduals I discovered a fragment of mensural manuscript, unknown to musicologists until today, to which I would like to devote the remarks which follow. We are talking about one sheet which, cut in half, was glued to the front and back...

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