Zelenka conference Prague 2017

„Zelenka and Czech Baroque : 18th Century Music Culture in Bohemia“


The conference is dedicated to the memory of Czech musicologist and music publicist PhDr. Michaela Freemanová Ph.D. (†2017)


6.10.2017 from 10:00 till 17:00 – National Pedagogical Museum and Library of Jan Amos Komenský, Valdštejnská 20, 118 00 Praha 1

Janice B. Stockigt (Australia), Andrew Frampton (United KIngdom), Frederic Kiernan (Australia), Wolfgang Horn (Germany), Sebastian Sanyal (United Kingdom), Michael Driscoll (USA), Jiří K. Kroupa (Czech Republic), Libor Mašek (Czech Republic)


Conference program (Conference minutes will be announced soon):

  • Janice B. Stockigt (Australia) – From Bohemia to Dresden: Jan Dismas Zelenka’s collection of sacred music
  • ˜Andrew Frampton (UK) – Zelenka’s reworking of a Palestrina mass as shown in a recently discovered manuscript
  • ˜Michael Driscoll (USA) – Zelenka’s arrangements of ‘Dixit Dominus’ settings by other composers
  • ˜Frederic Kiernan (Australia) – Zelenka in Czech literature
  • ˜Sebastian Sanyal (UK) – The Louňovice pod Blaníkem parish registers 1675-1685: A search for the possible connections of the Zelenka family
  • ˜Jiří K. Kroupa (Czech Republic) – A.M.D.G.B.V.M.OO.SS.H.AA.P.I.R.: An attempt on new interpretation of Zelenka’s dedicatory formula
  • ˜Libor Mašek (Czech Republic) – Looking for an ideal rewritten image of Zelenka’s  compositions


Zelenka Festival Prague – Dresden offers a one-day conference where well-known Zelenka researchers will present their unpublished findings about Zelenka´s work and life. The aim of the Zelenka Conference is to create a platform to give publicity to the results of contemporary foreign research on Zelenka. In addition, it should bring inspiration to restart the research of Zelenka´s work which has been standing still for many years in the Czech Republic.

Since the mid-twentieth century the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka has reached audiences throughout the globe. The internet has opened a treasure trove to lovers of his music with autographed compositions and sacred works from his impressive music collections now available online. While this heritage is becoming increasingly familiar to listeners through concerts, recordings, and broadcasts, it is appropriate to pause to reflect upon advances in our knowledge made in recent years about Zelenka and his music, and to consider directions Zelenka research might now pursue.

The conference is organized in partnership with Association for Central European Culture Studies and Comenius National Pedagogical Museum and library

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