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July 30 - August 2, 2020, The "Luython Year" Conference in Prague

The four-day international symposium commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of the composer and organist Carl Luython (1557/58–1620) organized by the Institute of Musicology of Charles University, the Association for Central European Cultural Studies, the Archbishopric of Prague and the Metropolitan chapter of St. Vitus in Prague under the auspices of His Eminence Dominik cardinal Duka takes place in Prague from Thursday, 30 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020. The symposium is organized with generous support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Czech Music Fund. For further information please click here.

February 29, 2020, deadline for papr proposals for The "Luython Year" Conference

August 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the composer and organist Carl Luython (1557/58–1620). The time is ripe for musicologists to pay tribute to this neglected figure—a cosmopolitan who lived at the intersection of multiple cultural worlds, bridged the gap between court and city, and eagerly pushed the limits of contemporary musical conventions. The “Luython Year” presents an opportunity to revisit his life and works from many perspectives, and situate his career and output in the context not only of the cosmopolitan court of Habsburg Emperor Rudolf II (r. 1576–1612), but also the rich musical culture of late Renaissance Europe more broadly. This three-day international symposium organized by Musica Rudolphina will take place in Prague from Thursday, 30 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020. The conference committee welcomes papers engaging a wide range of problems. CFP here.

September 4, 2017, successful defense of Rudolfine MA thesis

On Monday 4 September, 2017, Jan Bilwachs, member of the Musica Rudolphina team, successfully defended (summa cum laude) his MA thesis Motet compositions by Carl Luython in the music print Selectissimarum sacrarum cantionum... fasciculus primus (1603).

July 2017, new Rudolfine publication by Michaela Zackova Rossi

In the occasion of the 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference held in Prague was presented the publication dedicated to The Musicians at the Court of Rudolf II. The Musical Entourage of Rudolf II (1576-1612) reconstructed from the Imperial Accounting Ledgers by Michaela Zackova Rossi (Prague: Koniasch Latin Press, 2017; ISBN 978-80-87773-03-1). As the title suggests this first volume presents as a result of the comprehensive study of the regular wages (Hofbesoldung) the complete list of the Rudolfine musical staff with their salaries. It contains about 300 court servants in different musical functions who were active in almost 36 years of the Emperor’s reign in the Chapel, in the Imperial stables (trumpeters and drummers) but even in other court areas. The forthcoming second volume will bring a complete elaboration of all the remaining typologies of Rudolfine payments: clothing money, New Year bonuses, pensions, provisions, journey money, grace money etc.

July 4-8, 2017, Musica Rudolphina at the 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference in Prague

Musica Rudolphina team will present papers during the 45th Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference organized by the Association for Central European Cultural Studies in cooperation with the Institute of Musicology of Charles University in Prague. On Thursday 6 July 2017, the session "D" will be entirely devoted to the "Rudolfine" papers according to the following schedule. Musica Rudolphina I (9:00-11:00): Martin Horyna - Die böhmische Reformation und Musik; Jan Bata - Lutheran Musical Culture in Rudolfine Prague; Cecilia Luzzi - From Italy to Prague: Literary and musical networks and the circulation of manuscript poetry in Philippe de Monte’s madrigals at the end of sixteenth century; Laura Sonnabend - Messenkompositionen von Stefano Felis in einem Kölner Chorbuch Prager Provenienz. Musica Rudolphina II (11:30-13:00): Erika Honisch - Writing Motets and Rewriting History in Imperial Prague; Jan Bilwachs - Die Verhältnis zwischen Text und Musik in Motetten von Karl Luython aus dem Gesichtspunkt der textlichen und melodischen Vorlagen; Ferran Escrivà-Llorca - The Procession of the Relics of Sao Roque (Lisbon, 1588): Individual and Collective Representations against a Musical Background; Hana Studeničová - Possible parallels in the urban musical culture of Brno and Vienna in the sixteenth century. Musica Rudolphina III (14:00-15:30): Petr Danek - Historische Musikdrucke in den böhmischen Ländern vor 1630; Vladimir Manas - Neglected sources, unreflected information? Musical inventories in the Bohemian lands between 1590 and 1670 as a valuable testimony of the distribution and performance of Renaissance repertoire; Scott Edwards - The Dream of the Quill: Music, Books, and Reform in Sixteenth-Century Hradec Králové; Kateřina Maýrová - ‘Protestant’ Composers of the first half of the sixteenth century in the Rokycany Music Collection. Musica Rudolphina IV (16:00-18:00): Michaela Zackova Rossi - The ‘Gnadengeld’ as an important source on the Rudolfine patronage:  Can the imperial accounting ledgers testify about music?; Petra Jakoubková - Odae suavissimae: A Rudolfine collection of panegyric motets; Klemen Grabnar - A Little-Known Double-Choir Hymn Cycle from c. 1600; Peter Martinček - Double-choir music by Matthäus Apelles von Löwenstern (1594-1648): Differences between compositions preserved in the Sammlung Bohn and the Levoča Music Collection; Magdalena Dostálová - Choirbook from the former Opava gymnasial collection (A 1775).

May 10, 2017, 60th birthday of Petr Danek

On Wednesday 10 May 2017, Petr Danek, musicologist, pedagogue, conductor and head of the research centre Musica Rudolphina celebrates his 60th birthday. For the tabula gratulatoria click here.

May 2017, a discovery of an unknown copy of Luython’s Liber primus missarum

Petr Danek discovered hitherto unknown copy of Charles Luython’s Liber primus missarum (Prague 1609). It is held in the collection of the former dean’s library of the church of St Gothard in Slany. Thanks to the exlibris and other inscriptions it can be attributed to the literati brotherhood in Slany. The choirbook is preserved completely in the original binding.

April 2017, new issue of Czech Music Quarterly

Musicologica Brunensia published in its volume nr. 51 (1/2016) contributes of the 50th Musicologial Colloquium held in Brno in October 2015. Among these, papers of the Musica Rudolphina center can be found, with topics on Jacobus Handl‘s (Marc Desmet) and Carl Luython’s compositions (Jan Bilwachs), festivities of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Prague in 1585 (Jan Baťa), on the Choir Lofts in the Church of St. James in Brno (Vladimír Maňas) and on the typology of non musical sources in Vienna regarding the rudolfine cultural environment (Michaela Žáčková Rossi).

January 31, 2017, death of a member of the research center Musica Rudolphina

On Tuesday 31st January 2017 died Gabor Kiss, C.Sc. (Zenetudományi Intézet, Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont), one of the members of the research center Musica Rudolphina. Requiescat in pace!

April 2016, new issue of Czech Music Quarterly

New issue of Czech Music Quarterly contains a collective article presenting portraits of Philippe de Monte, Charles Luython, Franz Sales and Hans Leo Hassler by Petr Daněk, Šárka Hálečková a Jan Bilwachs.

January 2016, new issue of Czech Music Quarterly

New issue of Czech Music Quarterly contains a second part of a collective article Music and Musical Culture in the Czech Lands During the Reign of Emperor Rudolf II written by Martin Horyna, Vladimir Manas, Petr Danek and Hana Tillmanova.

October 2015, new issue of Czech Music Quarterly

New issue of Czech Music Quarterly contains a collective article Music and Musical Culture in the Czech Lands During the Reign of Emperor Rudolf II written by Petr Danek, Michaela Zackova Rossi, Jan Bata and Petra Jakoubkova.

October 12-14, 2015, presentation of Musica Rudolphina members at the 50th International Musicological Colloquium in Brno

Most of the members of the Musica Rudolphina team (Jan Bata, Jan Bilwachs, Scott Edwards, Martin Horyna, Marta Hulkova, Gabor Kiss, Vladimir Manas and Michaela Zackova Rossi) will present their research during the 50th International Musicological Colloquium in Brno which is devoted to the Monophony and Polyphony in the Liturgical Music of the 15th and 16th centuries: Coexistence and Mutual Inspiration in Central Europe. The conference is organized by the Institute of Musicology of Masaryk University in Brno. One of the sessions will be chaired by Petr Danek.

July 6-9, 2015, presentation of Musica Rudolphina members at MedRen in Brussels

Members of the Musica Rudolphina team will present their research at Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference organized by Université libre de Bruxelles.

July 1, 2015, new issue of Czech Music Quarterly

New issue of Czech Music Quarterly contains the article of Petr Danek "My beauty enraptured God", Newly discovered original prints of instrumentál ritornellos extend the best-known Czech baroque music collection, Loutna česká / Czech Lute (1653) and the review of Michaela Zackova Rossi of Danek's book Historical Prints of Vocal Polyphony, Early Monody, Music Theory and Instrumentál Music in the Czech lands before 1630 published by Koniasch Latin Press.

May 15, 2015, successful defense of Rudolphine dissertation

On Thursday 15 May, 2015, Ferran Escrivà–Llorca, member of the Musica Rudolphina team, successfully defended (summa cum laude) his PhD thesis Eruditio, Pietas et Honor: Joan de Borja i la música del seu temps (1533-1606) at Univeristat Politècnica de València.

March 6, 2015, 5 p.m., presentation of Petr Danek's new book on historical prints of vocal polyphony, early monody, music theory, and instrumental music in the Bohemian Lands before 1630

On Friday 6 March 2015, the library of the Association for Central European Cultural Studies will host a presentation of a long-awaited book of doc. PhDr. Petr Danek, Ph.D. Historické tisky vokální polyfonie, rané monodie, hudební teorie a instrumentální hudby v českých zemích do roku 1630 [Historical Prints of Vocal Polyphony, Early Monody, Music Theory, and Instrumental Music in the Bohemian Lands before 1630 (Supplemented with a List of Prints published between 1488 and 1628, now in Czech collections)] (Prague, Koniasch Latin Press, 2015). The book with exstensive English summary is the output of a research project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, in 2009-2013 (No. 408/09/1857). The first part of the book is dedicated to the Bohemian printing production of vocal polyphony within the aforesaid time period, while a separate chapter summarizes and analyzes developments in vocal polyphony printing in Bohemia. The following chapters deal with Georgius Nigrinus (Jiří Černý), the most important music printer in pre-White Mountain Bohemia, Franciscus Sale, a composer and singer under Rudolf II, a recently re-discovered 1580 print of motets by Orlando di Lasso, the music library of the last lords of Rožmberk and an important Czech collection of music prints and manuscripts exported to the USA in the 1990s. After this, the author finally comes to the very core of the work which consists of a catalogue of music prints dated between 1488 and 1628 and preserved in Bohemia. The catalogue is limited to Bohemia, as the holdings in Moravia have in this respect already been compiled by Dr. Theodora Strakova. The historical prints of vocal polyphony, early monody, music theory, and instru-mental music as preserved in Bohemia are arranged chronologically and their cataloguing follows the standards of RISM. Indices in the back of the book facilitate the orientation in the catalogue; they include provenance indices of printers and publishers, indices of composers, music theorists, and editors (included are also the authors of compositions published in collective volumes), and an index of personal names. Altogether, more than 600 prints were identified that comprise 313 individual entries in the final list. Because this collection of historical music prints continuously transforms in light of new discoveries, losses, dislocations etc., the printed catalogue has been made available also in the form of a database that can be visited on the web page of the Association for Central European Cultural Studies, section Early Musical Prints. The database has been enlarged with early music prints preserved in Moravia, thus creating an extensive collection documenting the reception and survival of these sources in the Bohemian Lands. Several criteria of the internet-based version make the catalogue open to and useful for the work also of the international scholarly community.

January 8, 2015, world premiere recording of The Songbook of Prachatice (1610) released

Koniasch Latin Press released a long-awaited world premiere recording of the Songbook of Prachatice. The recording was made by Dyškanti ensemble conducted by Martin Horyna. The songbook was written mainly by Václav Vít Chlumecký, a bachelor of Charles University in Prague who began to write the collection when he was at St. Castullus' school in the Old Town of Prague. Around 1615 or 1615 he brought the book to his new workplace in Prachatice. The songbook was used until the end of the 17th century. It contains 150 compositions mainly for four to six voices. Its repertory, which was to complement the Utraquist Service is written both in the Czech and Latin languages. The recording is a compilation of reperesentative selection of music. Following the arrangement of the Songbook, the introductory section of the recording presents Matins for Easter Sunday; the Proprium of the subsequent morning Mass is replaced by songs covering the period from Easter to the Feast of Corpus Christi; afternoon Vespers are linked with Advent; and the last of the Divine Office, Compline, is complemented by compositions related to Lent and funerals. This recording offers a convincing and unadorned view of the hitherto little known music of the Bohemian late Renaissance in its sober discreetness. The sleeve-note as well as all the sung texts are translated into English.

January 2, 2015, start of the students' page of Musica Rudolphina

On Friday 2 January 2015, the students' page of the project Musica Rudolphina was uploaded. It brings profiles of students that cooperate with the project. It is accessible either through the menu "people" or you can reach it here.

December 18, 2014, 4 p.m., lecture on Charles Luython

Two student collaborators of the project Musica Rudolphina - Bc. Jan Bilwachs and Mgr. Šárka Hálečková - will give a lecture Charles Luython (1557-1620), his motets and madrigals. The lecture organized in the frame of The Early Modern History Study Group will be held on Thursday 18 December 2014, at 4 p. m. at Clam-Gallas Palace in Prague.

November 12, 2014 - March 29, 2015, exhibition The Masters of Rudolf II’s Era – Works of Art by Court Artists of Rudolf II in Private Czech Collections

Cruel destiny awaited the famous collection of Rudolph II which was one of the largest ever assembled. As soon as the emperor perished, his brother and successor Matthias took the majority of the collections to Vienna and the rest passed to his younger brothers. Others with access to the castle area also took numerous items. Swedish soldiers finished the destruction when they took the rest to Stockholm to please Queen Christina. In the past decade, enlightened private collectors emerged and were instrumental in the return of some artworks from abroad. On display are works of B. Spranger, H. von Aachen, J. Heintz the Elder, P. Stevens, D. de Quade van Ravesteyn, M. Gundelach, and A. de Vries. Furthermore, several interesting works made by unknown artists in Rudolph’s era and a collection of graphic sheets will be exhibited. The exhibition called The Masters of Rudolf II’s Era – Works of Art by Court Artists of Rudolf II in Private Czech Collections takes place in the City of Prague Museum, Na Poříčí 52, Prague 8 (metro line B or C - "Florenc").

September 10, 2014, presentation of the project Musica Rudolphina in Czech Music Quarterly

Worldwide distributed journal Czech Music Quarterly, developped by Czech Music Information Center published an article Musica Rudolphina. A project of international co-operation in musicological research. The article was written by the Musica Rudolphina team.

September 8, 2014, successful defense of two theses on Rudolphine topic

Two student collaborators of the project Musica Rudolphina defended their theses at the Institute of Musicology of Charles University in Prague - Bc. Šárka Hálečková (MA thesis Carl Luython – The First Book of Madrigals 1582. Edition and analysis) and Jan Bilwachs (BA thesis The motets from the collection Selectissimarum sacrarum cantionum ... fasciculus primus of Carl Luython and their concordances. Critical edition and analysis of the chosen motets).

July 23-25, 2014, “Music in the Western Mediterranean – Intercultural Communication Networks” International Conference in Valencia (Spain)

This conference, which marks the 10th session of the Jornades de Musicologia organized by AVAMUS since 2005, aims to use music as the point of departure for a collective exploration of how the peoples inhabiting the Western Mediterranean have lived, how we continue to converse, and what we what we can do in the future to restore harmony to each of the lands and among the peoples bathing in the Mediterranean Sea. The conference languages will be Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Italian. However, presentations may be given in any of the languages in the Mediterranean area. Abstract (200-250 words) in the language used in the paper and English: the deadline is April 28th, 2014). For more information: http://www.avamus.org/val/conference.html

May 20, 2014, Carolus Luython's Regina Coeli

The recent recording of Carolus Luython's Regina Coeli by graduate Choral Conducting students of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, transcribed by Tony Ward and recorded by Nicholas Lee on May 5th, 2014 in the Village Presbyterian Church, Kansas (USA): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6NiDjGnLBo&t=84.

February 7, 2014, successful defense of MA thesis on Rudolphine topic

Bc. Petra Jakoubkova defended her MA thesis at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague Typography of Jiří Nigrin's musical prints (61 pp. of text, 61 pp. of appedices). Advisor: Petr Danek, opponent: Petr Voit.

January 19, 2014, new book on Paulus Spongopaeus Jistebnicenus (c1560-1619)

At the end of the year 2013, there has been published a monography on the Czech composer of Rudolphine era called Pavel Spongopaeus Jistebnický (128 p., ISBN 978-80-7405-326-9). It was written by PhDr. Dana Souskova, Ph.D. Her book examines the life and works of the above mentioned composer and it involves a thematic catalogue of his extant output. It also contains the edition of selected works. The book has a summary in German.

The Palatium 1400–1700 International Colloquium in Prague

The ESF project entitled Palatium 1400–1700 has now moved into its second half and has turned from the residences of the Valois and Habsburg families to the theme of summer houses. On 5–7 June 2014 an international colloquium will take place in Prague, which is being prepared by the Palatium 1400–1700 team in cooperation with the Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The programme of the colloquium will consist of papers on those parts of residential complexes which we most often find in Central European sources from the 15th to the 19th century under the name of Lusthaus. In addition to the purely philological question of delimiting the term, an important part of the Prague meeting will be the typological identification of these buildings in terms of culture, history, and construction, with particular reference to the relationship with functionally similar architectural entities such as hunting lodges, villas, garden pavilions, and casinos. Researchers will also devote attention to the iconology of the decoration of these additional buildings in residential complexes and to the urbanistic function of the gardens, parks, and game preserves in which these buildings were situated. The call for papers ends on 31 January 2014. More information at http://www.courtresidences.eu/index.php/home/.

December 8, 2013, new conference proceedings containing Rudolphine studies

Department of musicology of the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava has recently published its yearbook Musicologica Istropolitana X-XI that contains papers presented at the conference commemorating 90th anniversary of the foundation of this department (Bratislava, 26/10-28/10/2011). The subject of the conference was concentrated on the musical culture of cities in Central Europe. The conference proceedings was edited by prof. Marta Hulkova. It contains 21 papers, some of them concerning Rudolphine subjects. One of them was written by Petr Danek a Jan Bata and it analyzes 16th-century music manuscript of the National Library of the Czech Republic, shelf-mark 59 r 483, originally from Usti nad Labem (Aussig). For the facsimile of the manuscript see Links of this website.

November 15 & 16, 2013, presentation of the project Musica Rudolphina in Venice

During the international conference "La ricezione della musica di Andrea e Giovanni Gabrieli in Europa", the project Musica Rudolphina will be presented in Venice, thanks to the invitation by the Foundation Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi. The Foundation headquarters in Palazzo Giustinian Lolli will host, on 15th and 16th of November 2013, experts on Italian music and on its reception in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The meeting will be held on the initiative of TRA.D.I.MUS. (Tracking the Dissemination of Italian Music in Central and Eastern Europe), an international group founded in 2009 at the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi by musicologists from Italy, Slovenia, Poland and Slovakia. Among the main objectives of TRA.D.I.MUS. is the implementation of the multimedia database with music written by Italian Renaissance and early Baroque composers operating in various parts of Europe, new releases, critical editions and scientific publications. The association is open to all those involved in the reception of Italian 16th and 17th century music. Therefore the TRA.D.I.MUS. and the conference coordinator Marina Toffetti from the University of Padua turned to the Musica Rudolphina founders with the request of a presentation during the Italian meeting. After the very recent report on Musica Rudolphina prepared by Petr Daněk for another international conference, in Bratislava, the Venetian participation is the next important step towards international cooperation between musicologists, art historians, cultural historians and other researchers who deal with Rudolf's era and its european cultural centers. For the conference program consult www.fondazionelevi.it.

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