Zelenka Reception since the Eighteenth Century: The Role of Emotions
Source TitleContext: Journal of Music Research
PublisherThe University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Author/sKiernan, Frederic
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKiernan, F. (2017). Zelenka Reception since the Eighteenth Century: The Role of Emotions. Context: Journal of Music Research, 42, pp.99-103
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Ever since Camerata Bern first released their recording of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s (1679–1745) trio and quadro sonatas in 1973 (Archiv 2708 027), something of a cult following has formed around the Bohemian composer and his music. An online forum (www.jdzelenka.net) keeps track of most new recordings and notable developments in research, and a regular Zelenka Festival (www.zelenkafestival.cz) now takes place in Prague, usually with a conference attached. Discussions about the composer in both scholarship and the media generally express a sense of admiration and curiosity about his quirky-yet-learned style, and the paucity of biographical sources has led to speculation about his personal life and character (for example, that clues about his alleged homosexuality are encoded into his compositions). Zelenka’s name, however, is hardly ever mentioned in standard music history textbooks.
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