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Sylwetka kompozytorska Justa Caspara na tle muzyki u pijarów
A composer profile of Just Caspar in the light of music at PRs

Author(s): Marcin Konik
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The state of research on the Polish religious music in the 18th century remains unsatisfactoryto a great extent. In order to get a relatively full image of the history of music (includingthe works of Polish authors and those working in Poland), it is necesarry to designthe research aiming at retrieving the authors whose names are not known even to experts.One of such composers is Just Caspar (1717—1760), a member of the PR monastery from theCzech Republic who spent most of his life in Poland. For the time being, the only informationconcerning Just Caspar comes from Libri suffragorium, i.e. the books containing notesmade after the death of monks as well as on the occasion of services conducted for theirsouls. Thanks to such recordings, it is known that father Just from the nuptials of the HolyMary was born on 28th January 1717 in the Prusian archidiocese as Franciszek Caspar. Hewent to the monastery, being 22, in 1737 and died in Warsaw on 26th February 1660.Caspar was regarded as an outstanding composer. The compositions known to the Polish researcherswere Missa Pastorica, Litania de Beata Hilaris as well as an interpretation of thehymn entitled Dixit Dominus, stored in the form of manuscriptsin Jasna Góra. Thanks to theresearch conducted at the territory of Slovakia, it was possible to find the so far unknowncompositions of father Just. Currently, 19 compositions by Caspar are relieved.The main aim of the article is to show the necessity of conducting more specific studieson the Polish music from the time of the first half of the 18th century. What is also importantin this context is the indication of the model source material, the analysis of which couldchange an unsatisfactory state of knowledge on the subject of the history of music of thetime-period in question.

  • Page Range: 45-54
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: Polish