New Contexts – New Perspectives
Edited By Pawel Gancarczyk and Lenka Hlávková-Mrácková
Christian Thomas Leitmeir: Lutheran Propers for Wrocław/Breslau: the Cantus Choralis (1575) of Johannes Knöfel
Lutheran Propers for Wrocław/Breslau: the Cantus Choralis (1575) of Johannes Knöfel∗ Christian Thomas Leitmeir Prifysgol Bangor University Steering a professional career safely through the vicissitudes of life was as much a challenge in the 16th century as it is today. Musicians, whose aspirations went beyond employment as humble singer or instrumentalist, had to react swiftly and flexibly to the demands of an ever-changing market. Securing a lucrative and crisis- proof position was a rare privilege achieved by only a handful of masters (such as Orlando di Lasso or Philippe de Monte). As confessional and political circumstances were in constant danger of fluctuation, the majority of professional musicians were well advised to be always on the lookout for new patrons, and to leave behind a post before the star of their old patron was waning. Among Silesian composers of the 16th century, Johannes Knöfel was particularly drawn to playing for high stakes all throughout his professional life. His career therefore led him to pursue many different paths with varying degrees of success.1 When Knöfel was born around 15302 in Luba/Lauban,3 the Lusatian League (Oberlausitzer Sechsstädtebund / Zwizek Sze ciu Miast), to which the “onion- eaters” of Lauban belonged, was at the peak of its political and economic power. ∗ I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Lenka Hlávková-Mráková and Paweł Gancarczyk, the spiritus rectores of the conference, as well as Remigiusz Po piech and the staff of the Department of Musicology...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.