The Collection of Manuscripts of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf ’s Symphonies from Sächsische Landesbibliothek—Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
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Kolekcja rękopisów symfonii Carla Dittersa von Dittersdorfa z Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
The Collection of Manuscripts of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf ’s Symphonies from Sächsische Landesbibliothek—Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden

Author(s): Miłosz Kula
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Music, Bibliography, General Reference Works, Modern Age, 18th Century, Source Material
Published by: Koło Naukowe Studentów Muzykologii UJ
Keywords: Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf; symphony; Dresden; Oels

Summary/Abstract: Dresden played no role in Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s life, but history made this city one of the most significant places regarding preserved sources of his works. In the Department of Special Collections (German: Sondersammlungen) of the Sächsische Landesbibliothek—Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek in Dresden (English: Saxon State and University Library Dresden, abbr.: SLUB), there are, among others, more than thirty archival sources containing Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s symphonies. That makes it the third richest collection of symphonic works by this composer. The majority of them comes from court’s theatre of Duke Frederick August Braunschweig-Oels in Oels (Öls, Polish: Oleśnica). It is one of the most representative collections of Dittersdorf’s symphonies from all known archives. There are several composer’s autographs, partial autographs, a large variety of works from all periods of his activity, and a few unique copies of symphonies as well. A minor body of Dittersdorf’s symphonies comes from two different sources, until recently unknown. One group is the set of partbooks (contemporary with Dittersdorf), including—apart from Dittersdorf’s works—several dozen movements of serenades, symphonies, string quartets etc. of G.B. Sammartini, J.G. Graun, J.Ph. Rameau, the Stamitz family and J. Haydn, apparently used in performances on the occasion of court activities, not in concerts. The second, from 1860s, is the set of scores, prepared by C. Mehner.

  • Issue Year: 35/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 63-90
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Polish