New Contexts – New Perspectives
Edited By Pawel Gancarczyk and Lenka Hlávková-Mrácková
Paulina Halamska: Protestant Elite Milieu in the 17th-Century County of Kłodzko/Glatz as Exemplified by the Family of the Wrocław/Breslau Organist Tobias Zeutschner. Gloss to the Biography
Protestant Elite Milieu in the 17th-Century County of Kłodzko/Glatz as Exemplified by the Family of the Wrocław/Breslau Organist Tobias Zeutschner. Gloss to the Biography Paulina Halamska Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Warszawa The subject of this paper does not seem to belong either to musicology, or even to a wider discipline, such as the history of musical culture. It is concerned with the results of research into a single family from the County of Kłodzko: the Zeutschners, the family of the Wrocław organist and composer Tobias Zeutschner (1621−1675). This, therefore, can be regarded as a gloss to his biography. Until now, neither myself nor previous researchers have paid sufficient attention to the roots of the composer, namely, his origins in the town of Nowa Ruda/Neurode and, more generally, the County of Kłodzko. A rare exception consisted of one sentence by Werner Braun in his MGG entry,1 quoted verbatim by Lothar Hoffmann-Erbrecht.2 I also was of the opinion that Tobias Zeutschner left his native town too early for his biography or his music to be influenced by his origins.3 The Czech-Polish research project The Musical Culture of Silesia Before 1742 from the Polish and Czech Perspectives gave me an opportunity to trace other representatives of the family, documented above all in the early prints from the Wrocław University Library. The results obtained are interesting and encourage one to change the current view. A Forgotten Epoch: Lutheranism in the County of Kłodzko (1533...
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