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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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Jacobijn Kiel: Two Anonymous Salve Settings in Warszawa, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, RM 5892

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Two Anonymous Salve Settings in Warszawa, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, RM 5892* Jacobijn Kiel Houten – He mánkovice Two anonymous settings of Salve regina are preserved in the Wrocław mensural codex. This manuscript probably stems from Silesia and can be dated around 1500. It contains masses, mass sections, motets, magnificats and songs from composers like Alexander Agricola, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Heinrich Isaac, Loyset Compère and Johannes Ghiselin-Verbonnet. From the nineteenth century on until 1952 the manuscript was preserved in the Musikalisches Institut bei der Universität Breslau, with shelf number Mf. 2016. In 1932 the first study of the codex was published by Fritz Feldmann, who was also professor at this institute.1 In 1952, the manuscript was transferred to its current location at the University Library in Warsaw (Biblioteka Uniwersytecka). It was here that the shelf number was changed to RM 5892 (PL-Wu RM 5892). The manuscript PL-Wu RM 5892 has been connected with three other major sources from Central Europe by various scholars:2 D-LEu 1494 (“Apel Codex”),3 * I would like to thank Jaap van Benthem and Fabrice Fitch for their valuable comments on this article. 1 Fritz Feldmann, Der Codex Mf. 2016 des Musikalischen Instituts bei der Universität Breslau: eine palaeographische und stilistische Beschreibung, 2 vols., Breslau 1932 (Schriften des Musikalischen Instituts bei der Universität Breslau 2). For some other publications by Feldmann on this manuscript see: ‘Zwei weltliche Stücke des Breslauer Codex Mf. 2016’, Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft 13 (1930–1931), pp. 211...

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