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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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Grzegorz Joachimiak: A Week in the Blacksmith’s Life: Lutenists from Silesia and Bohemia around Count Losy von Losinthal (1650–1721)

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A Week in the Blacksmith’s Life: Lutenists from Silesia and Bohemia around Count Losy von Losinthal (1650–1721)∗ Grzegorz Joachimiak Uniwersytet Wrocławski Es ist jerzo vor drey Wochen, dass unser lieber Vatter der Lauten alles verlassen / und von dieser Welt in das Ewige verreiset / nemlich der Graff Logi. Alls man ihm vor drey Wochen den Todt angekündiget, dass es seines Aufkommens nicht mehr seyn würde, sprach er: á Dio Lauten á Dio Geigen! liesse darauf die Lauten und Geigen umkehren / und ein schwarzes Bandgen um sie binden / anzuzeugen / dass die Laute Trauer um ihm tragen. from Untersuchung der Lauten by Ernst Gottlieb Baron (Nuremberg 1727) The above words were written on the occasion of Count Johann Anton Losy von Losinthal’s death in Prague 1721.1 On the same occasion the famous lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss, who was born in Grodków (Germ. Grottkau) in Silesia, wrote the Tombeau sur la Mort Mer Comte d Logÿ arrivee 1721. Composée par Silvio Leopold Weiss in his honor.2 On the basis of Baron’s quotation and also from his description of Count Losy we are able to tell a lot of information about the life and works of the Bohemian lutenist. The subject of the Losy family genealogy and the complexity of his life have been already studied mainly by Adolph Koczirz and ∗ Publication co-funded by the European Social Fund financial resources within the scope of the project named “Rozwój potencjału i oferty edukacyjnej Uniwersytetu Wroc...

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