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The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1742

New Contexts – New Perspectives


Edited By 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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Tomasz Jez: Melodrama in Baroque Kłodzko/Glatz


Jesuit Melodrama in Baroque Kłodzko/Glatz Tomasz Je Uniwersytet Warszawski The musical interrelations between Bohemia and Silesia in the time of the Baroque abound with plenty of circumstances, many not examined up to our times. Through the ages, the whole area manifested itself as unified with the common language of culture. The Prussian annexation of Silesia together with Kłodzko/Glatz County diametrically reoriented this structure. The situation changed especially in this small region, incorporated into Silesia in 1742, to be its military mainstay of special importance. But paradoxically, Kłodzko County had played quite a similar role just before: during the time of the counter-reformatory offensive directed northwards it served to be a fortress of the post-Tridentine order, promoted especially by Jesuits. Since their early settlement in Kłodzko (1594), the strategic location for the purpose of recatholicising Silesia was obvious.1 Precisely this specific importance caused a situation that was very interesting from the historical point of view: art phenomena elaborated in Czech Lands, recognized as valuable solutions for Silesia were tested in the confessional melting pot of Kłodzko County with the intention of later transfer and imitation in cities located northwards such as Wrocław/Breslau, Nysa/Neisse, widnica/Schweidnitz and others. So, for good understanding of Jesuit art in Silesia, it is important to start with studies on the Kłodzko documentation. This transmission model is especially accurate in the field of Jesuit drama – one of the most representative examples of Baroque art manifestations. But its crucial feature was not...

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