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Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) was a Czech baroque composer, whose music was adventurous and noted for its great harmonic invention and mastery of counterpoint.

Zelenka was born in 1679 in Louňovice pod Blaníkem, Czechia, and received his early musical training from his father who was a schoolmaster and organist in Louňovice pod Blaníkem. It is thought that his early formal training was at a Jesuit college. After working in the service of Baron Hartig, imperial governor of Prague, Zelenka moved… read more

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  • Avatar for Artran
    Such a shame he didn't compose for a harpsichord or other solo instruments like Bach did.
  • Avatar for Torelli
    [group]Czechia[/group] and [group]Czech composers[/group] groups
  • Avatar for Ttssattsr2
    Well boy howdy, Mr. Zelenka sure is rootin' tootin'. Yes sir, rootin' tootin', yes sir.
  • Avatar for tokyochorus
    no i did not know that!
  • Avatar for ZephyrClassical
    Zelenka's work is as beatiful as always- especially his Choral Sacred works. Did you know that were it not for Zelenka, Bach's Matthauspassion may have never been performed?
  • Avatar for sartham
    "Il diamante" is amazingly energic, vital, dynamic, with impressive harmonic twists. Masterpiece !
  • Avatar for Artur_UFRJ
    Excellent Trio Sonatas and Sacred Works! He is a counterpoint master. Soon I'll get to know his instrumental orchestral works.
  • Avatar for Emtay13
    Beautiful!
  • Avatar for progtrance7
    First Zelenka, then Janacek, now this young dude Adamek. Gotta keep in touch with Czech music.
  • Avatar for JanBlanicky
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_olea_pacis_et_palma_virtutis

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