ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC

Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Abstract

Vaclav Kapsa (The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Count Wenzel von Morzin’s “Virtuosissima Orchestra” and the cultivation of the concerto in Bohemia in 1720s

Count Wenzel von Morzin’s orchestra ranked among the most important court ensembles of Bohemian nobility in the first half of 18th century. Count Morzin, well-known for his contact with Antonio Vivaldi (who dedicated him his op. 8) and Johann Friedrich Fasch, was an admirer of Italian instrumental music, especially solo concerto. His orchestra consisted predominantly of local Prague musicians. Its members including the composers Anton Reichenauer (cca 1694–1730) and Christian Postel (d 1730), whose solo concertos have survived in German collections and represent unique examples of the genre as treated by composers working in Bohemia at the time. This paper traces the personal constitution of the orchestra, musician’s salaries as well as the surviving concertos of Morzinian composers Reichenauer and Postel.


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