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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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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

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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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