Jan Dismas Zelenka,  baroque composer:
born Lounovice 1679, died Dresden 1745.




    These references are presented in random order


Kiernan, Frederic (2015). Zelenka reception in the nineteenth century. Some new sources. Clavibus Unitis IV: 91-96.

Stockigt, Janice (2003). "Catalogo (Thematico) [sic] Della Musica Di Chiesa (Catholica [sic] In Dresda) Composta Da Diversi Autori - Secondo L'Alfabetto 1765": An Introduction. [In English] International Conference on Musicology, Krakow, September 2003. http://www.muzykologia.uj.edu.pl/conference/papers/Janice%20Stockigt.pdf

Driscoll, Michael Thomas (2016). Jan Dismas Zelenka's 'Dixit Dominus' settings within the context of the Dresden Hofkapelle. PhD thesis, Boston University. Link to PDF copy.

Stockigt, Janice (2002). The role of copyists when preparing orchestral oboe parts from scores of Jan Dismas Zelenka. [Article from the homepage of the Australasian Double Reed Society]. Available here.

Agustsson, Johannes (2013). The secular vocal collection of Jan Dismas Zelenka – A reconstruction. Studi vivaldiani 13: 3-52.

Burgess, Geoffrey (1988). The Trio Sonatas of Jan Dismas Zelenka. Journal of the Double Reed Society 16. [Available in electronic form].

Stockigt, Janice B. and Agustsson, Johannes (2015). Reflections and recent findings on the life and music of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745). Clavibus Unitis IV: 7-48.

Reich, Wolfgang (1998). The Wind Sonatas of Jan Dismas Zelenka: Structural Devices and Semantic Implications. In: D. Lasocki (ed.) A Time of Questioning: Proceedings of the International Reed Society, Utrecht 1994, pp.135-152.

Kohlhase, Thomas (1992). Der Dresdner Hofkirchen komponist Jan Dismas Zelenka. Ein Forschungsbericht. Musik des Ostens 12. (Kassel: Bärenreiter).

Agustsson, Johannes (2009). Zelenka's Serenata ZWV 177: a new source discovered. Hudebni veda 46, 1-2: 107-109.

Kohlhase, Thomas (ed.) (1993). Zelenka-Studien I: Referate der Internationalen Fachkonferenz J. D. Zelenka, Marburg, November 1991. (Kassel: Bärenreiter).

Horn, Wolfgang (1987). Die Dresdner Hofkirchenmusik 1720-1745: Studien zu ihren Voraussetzungen und ihrem Repertoire. ISBN 3-7618-0889-5 (Kassel: Bärenreiter). PDF copy

Charlton, David (1996). Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745). Biography. [Short biography in electronic form]. http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/articles/zelenka/bio.html


View across the Elbe in Dresden shortly after Zelenka's death. This picture was painted by Bernardo Bellotto (1720-1780), nephew of Canaletto, in 1748. The new Katholische Hofkirche (with 86-metre tower) is shown under construction. It was started in 1739 and finished in 1755, so Zelenka didn't live to see its completion. The prospect of this new building (to be the largest church in Saxony) may have been an added source of inspiration to Zelenka in his final years. Modern view of the building.

Reich, Wolfgang (1994). Zelenka ante portas. Ars Musica. Jahrbuch 1994. (Blankenburg: Institut für Aufführungspraxis).

Reich, Wolfgang (2000). Vide Domine laborem meum: Jan Dismas Zelenka als Dresdner Kapellmeister. In: Respicio (Gesammelte Aufsätze) Oldrich Pulkert zum 60. Geburtstag. (Prague: Edition Resonus).

Reich, Wolfgang (1985). Jan Dismas Zelenka: Thematisch-systematisches Verzeichnis der musikalischen Werke (ZWV), 2 vols. Studien und Materialen zur Musikgeschichte Dresdens 6.

Reich, Wolfgang,  et al. (eds.) (1997). Zelenka-Studien II: Refarate und Materialien der 2. Internationalen Fachkonferenz Jan Dismas Zelenka, Dresden und Prague, 1995. (Sankt Augustin: Academia-Verlag).

Kiernan, Frederic (2012). Zelenka's Ave regina coelorum settings (ZWV 128) of 1737: A case study in the transmission of Viennese liturgico-musical practices to Dresden. Context: Journal of Music Research 37: 55-76.

Horn, Wolfgang,  et al. (eds.) (1989). Zelenka-Dokumentation. Quellen und Materialen, 2 vols. (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel).

Stockigt, Janice B. (2000). Jan Dismas Zelenka. A Bohemian Musician at the Court of Dresden. ISBN 0-19-816622-2 (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Horn, Wolfgang (2015). Opera, arias and Zelenka: Remarks on a special relationship. Clavibus Unitis IV: 49-70.

Reich, Wolfgang (2001). Die Dresdner Hofkapelle im kirchenmusikalischen Dienst 1710-1745. In: Der Klang der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden. (Hildesheim: Olms Verlag).

Buzga, Jaroslav (1981). The Vocal Works of Jan Dismas Zelenka. Early Music 9: 177-183.

Until recently, most of the literature on Zelenka's life and music has been in German.

You can select reading in English only by following the link below.

Hopefully, the next decade will see an increase in the number of English books on Zelenka.

With the publication of Janice Stockigt's prize-winning book (from Oxford University Press; see graphic link below), the millenium got off to a good start.

There have been two conferences on Zelenka, one in Marburg (1991) and the other in Dresden and Prague (1995).


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