'Lamentationes' by Wacław of Szamotuły: Fragments of missing partbooks discovered
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"Lamentationes" Wacława z Szamotuł: fragmenty brakujących głosów odnalezione w Gnieźnie
'Lamentationes' by Wacław of Szamotuły: Fragments of missing partbooks discovered in Gniezno

Author(s): Ryszard Wieczorek, Michał Wysocki
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Wacław of Szamotuły; Lamentationes; Polish music; Sixteenth-century music;

Summary/Abstract: As a result of the process of cataloguing the collections preserved in the Archdiocesan Archive of Gniezno, which started in 2013, old prints have been discovered with original bindings containing fragments of earlier prints, which had been discarded and reused as binding waste. The discovered fragments originate from Cracow printing houses and date from the period 1531–55. Of particular value is a printed sheet from the firm of Łazarz Andrysowic containing fragments of both the previously missing partbooks of 'Lamentationes Hieremiae Prophetae' by Wacław of Szamotuły, published in 1553. Given that the discovered fragments are part of a composition by one of the most eminent Polish composers of the sixteenth century, and that the said composition was the largest work published in print in Poland during this period and also represented probably the greatest Polish publishing initiative prior to the edition of Mikołaj Gomółka’s Melodies for the Polish Psalter (1580), this discovery must be regarded as being of great significance.

  • Issue Year: 62/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 3-20
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish