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26-01-2015, 09:59 PM
There are some new editions of scores and parts from Zelenka works at IMSLP:

ZWV 4 (from Harrer´s manuscript)
ZWV 7 (from Pisendels copy and Zelenkas autograph)
ZWV 9 (from Harrer´s manuscript)
ZWV 57 (added parts and vocal score)
ZWV 124
ZWV 127
ZWV 137 (from Harrer´s manuscript)
ZWV 141 (from Harrer´s manuscript)

28-03-2015, 10:19 AM
Fantastic! There are also more and more new scans made freely available by Dresden, including ZWV 6 (about which I will post in the Missa Fidei thread).

If you were the editor -- thank you again! ;)

01-04-2015, 06:48 PM
I made only the parts of ZWV 57 for a performance in England, the editor of all the other is Werner Jaksch, a friend of mine. His last upload to
IMSLP is the Missa integra, ZWV 23. But this work is apparently not by Zelenka, it is from a later period.

02-08-2015, 09:16 PM
Now we have a new edition of ZWV 3 at IMSLP, score and parts!

03-08-2015, 05:51 PM
... which is very interesting e.g. in the Cruficixus; I see some things differently ;) Great job, Mr. Jaksch! Fantastic that these scores are publicly available.

ZWV 6 is coming. Actually I just compiled the big pdf with the whole thing today; it's been revised after Dresden published the good quality scan. I went through it note-by-note and there are many changes :-) I'll take a few looks at it to search for mistakes and will publish it shortly.

20-08-2015, 01:21 PM
The IMSLP uploads recently have been fantastic. In particularly, the upload of the Serenata Il Diamante is being utilized for upcoming performances. Typeset score and parts will probably be uploaded at some point once complete.

17-11-2015, 01:03 AM
A new edition of ZWV 10 by Werner Jaksch can be downloaded at IMSLP! Right now the score only, but the parts will follow in the next days.
Edited: The parts are up now.

06-12-2015, 12:26 AM
Score and parts of ZWV 27 and ZWV 35 in a modern edition at IMSLP!

07-12-2015, 02:06 PM
Fantastic! Hopefully some day it will lead to new performances!

10-01-2016, 01:32 PM
Here is a list of Zelenka compositions with new edits at IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category_talk:Zelenka,_Jan_Dismas
The newest entry is the credo of ZWV 2.

11-01-2016, 12:36 PM
Fantastic about the ZWV 2!

That list is missing my scores of ZWV 140 (http://imslp.org/wiki/Salve_Regina,_ZWV_140_(Zelenka,_Jan_Dismas)) and ZWV 124 (http://imslp.org/wiki/Alma_Redemptoris_Mater,_ZWV_124_(Zelenka,_Jan_Dism as).

edit: It turns out I was able to edit that page.

12-01-2016, 02:07 PM
Thanks for completing the list, don´t know why i missed your scores.

18-01-2016, 02:03 PM
I created a topic at the IMSLP specifically about the list: http://imslpforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8206

Was that you who created the list in the first place? It's a splendid idea and we need such lists to be readily viewable from the composer pages!

19-01-2016, 10:07 PM
Yes, i created this list and that one for Graupner. And i agree: Lists for modern editions would be useful for many other composers.

12-02-2016, 07:38 PM
Today W. Jaksch has uploaded the score of the Gloria (ZWV 30) to IMSLP, the parts will follow in the next days.

12-02-2016, 10:27 PM
A score and parts of ZWV 30 is a fantastic achievement - this is one of my top 5 favourite Zelenka works!! If the dating back to 1714 is correct then this is one of the earliest works we have but it already shows traits of Zelenka's mature style. It is interesting to compare this work to Vivaldi's Gloria which was composed *possibly* at a time when Zelenka *possibly* was in Venice (IMSLP says "1716?"). It does not escape the ear that the opening ripieni of both works are rather similar (octaves answered by trumpets at thirds in the Vivaldi and oboes at thirds in the Zelenka). Maybe this is just coincidence, maybe there are other works from that time with that motif. Obviously, Zelenka goes much more to town with the counterpoint than Vivaldi - at the end of the Gloria the surprise recapitulation of the "Gloria in excelsis" theme as a double fugue with the "et in terra pax" theme is pure genius. The favourite movement for me however is the Gratias. Simply terrifying and begging for a recording á la Inégal's brilliant but violent Gloria from the Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis.

As I have posted elsewhere I am working on a piano transcription of the wonderful ZWV 30 Cum Sancto fugue, subject of a great youtube recording (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5lMvXi03iI) by the Russkaya Conservatoria (complete with on fire Timpani which are possibly authentic, coming from a set of parts I read somewhere are in Prague - sorry I cannot find the citation now). That fugue is interestingly also not a million miles away from the Vivaldi fugue (I know, it was actually by Ruggieri) which closes his Gloria though the Zelenka is certainly more climactic.

Needless to say, this work needs performing and recording. Russkaya Conservatoria did a great job with the bits of their performance released to YouTube but the recording quality simply does not cut. I hope this work is somehow on Inégal's radar.

Whether ZWV 30 catches up in terms of fame with the Vivaldi work it *possibly* inspired (I know, I am pushing the boat out a bit here...) remains to be seen. Like most Zelenka, "unfortunately", it requires a virtuoso ensemble and choir, unlike the Vivaldi Gloria which most high-school orchestras and choirs (including my own) can do a decent job of.


13-02-2016, 11:56 PM
Two more modern editions at IMSLP: ZWV 108 (Magnificat) and ZWV 179 (Kanon mit 14 Umkehrungen)

15-02-2016, 12:36 AM
The favourite movement for me however is the Gratias. Simply terrifying and begging for a recording á la Inégal's brilliant but violent Gloria from the Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis.

A great great movement indeed, the Gratias. I liked the almost proto-Wagnerian way in which the lovely Christe Eleison motif (ZWV 26/ZWV2) is warped into a series of minor keys, and isn't given a sense of relief/fulfillment (it spins straight into a dark sounding Qui Tollis tutti fugue, a thing in itself!).

RNKT's compared ZWV30 to Vivaldi, I've compared it to Wagner (a stretch)... what next? ;)

19-02-2016, 05:31 PM
The favourite movement for me however is the Gratias.


Not that I wish to dampen any enthusiasm for this work, but unfortunately I don't believe Zelenka was quite as adventurous as that Youtube recording would have us believe. I think it is bar 2 of the Gratias that has the extraordinary harmony, but I (and I am sure others) believe this may actually be a typesetting error from the manuscript. The tenor line in the recording (along with the doubling trombone) is being sung a tone lower than in the manuscript resulting in an extraordinarily modern cluster chord. It sounds wonderful, but it isn't Zelenka. The correct harmony can be heard when the same material reappears later in the movement. It's quite a common error (Ive done it myself) when transcribing choral music written in multiple C clefs into the modern Treble clef usage.

Please someone do correct me if I've got this wrong and there is another explanation, but the manuscript on IMSLP clearly shows harmony that's more standard for the time. However RISM shows there is a set of parts, so maybe there is a copyist error to be fond in there?

As for the timps, they aren't mentioned in the score and the set of parts I dont think includes a part for them. It's not usual to get timps without trumpets either so i'm sceptical without further evidence. So at the moment I can only assume the conductor wanted to beef up the octave stamping motive despite the fact that Zelenka uses this same figure as a bass line in a lot of his works.

I feel like I've come across as negative, I dont mean to. I love this work, I am just wary that some of the unusual elements of that performance risk making the work stand apart from other works for the wrong reasons. :)

19-02-2016, 10:40 PM
There are links at IMSLP to 4 scores of Zelenka works, available for free at CPDL:
Laudate pueri, ZWV 82, Laudate Dominum, ZWV 87, 10 Sub tuum praesidium, ZWV 157_3, Haec dies quam fecit Dominus, ZWV 169

03-03-2016, 08:29 PM
Now we have ZWV 26 online at IMSLP with score and vocal score, the parts will follow!

15-03-2016, 05:44 PM
Just noticed the new mammoth score of 'reconstructed' ZWV 2, by Werner Jaksch of course :-), here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Missa_Judica_me,_ZWV_2_(Zelenka,_Jan_Dismas) (under 'arrangements and transcriptions').

30-04-2016, 05:20 PM
Last addition of a Zelenka score at IMSLP: Barbara dira effera, ZWV 164. Score and parts are from Mario Bolognanis website

06-06-2016, 04:20 PM
thanks to editors.

14-06-2016, 12:49 AM
A new edition of the Missa Eucharistica, ZWV 15 (Full score and vocal score) has been uploaded at IMSLP, editor is W. Jaksch.
Edit: The parts has been augmented.

25-08-2016, 11:24 AM
Now we have a new edition of the Missa Purificationis (ZWV 16) by Werner Jaksch at IMSLP!

04-10-2016, 12:41 PM
Thanks for completing the list, don´t know why i missed your scores.

05-10-2016, 12:04 PM
Now we have a new edition of the Missa Purificationis (ZWV 16) by Werner Jaksch at IMSLP!

This is great, I hadn't looked at it yet. The only query I had was I wondered why the Kyrie wind line has been assigned to the flutes? The instrument labels on the staves are missing for the Kyrie, but given that the scoring includes strings and trumpets it seems more likely that those wind lines would be for oboe or at least oboe+flute. You don't really see flutes with trumpets very often and even then there would be oboes involved.

08-10-2016, 08:28 PM
Only the flutes are mentioned in the headline of the Kyrie manuscript, but not from Zelenkas hand. You may be right, the combination of flutes only with trumpets is strange, perhaps the oboes are taken for granted. RISM does not give any hint
for that problem. I will make a remark in the IMSLP edition.

20-01-2017, 09:02 PM
Announcing a modern edition of Zelenka's Missa Dei Patris ZWV Z 19, including, as usual, the complete score, parts and LilyPond 2.18.0 engraving files.

20-01-2017, 09:54 PM
Great stuff! It's a very close call but on most days this is probably my favourite mass by Mr Z - would be great if it was performed more. Your handiwork is not yet approved but the IMSLP mods but once it is I am very curious to see if you were true to Zelenka in bar 5 of the Cum sancto / Dona nobis in the first violins. That outrageous (and in fugual writing overall quite unprecedented) flourish does not seem to be in the published modern edition (Breitkopf) and is not played on the Bernius disc (it is however to be heard on the earlier, Guttler recording so I wonder if they performed from a different edition). I also wondered what you did with the Quoniam - when I recently transcribed that for piano (also on IMSLP) I noticed that Zelenka had been rather inconsistent with some of the figurations which recapitulate.
Perhaps you can do ZWV 14 next :-) It's the most bombastic of all his masses and it's begging for more performances too.

21-01-2017, 12:02 PM
Fantastic, Skaf! Thank you again for your work!

13-02-2017, 10:53 PM
Announcing modern editions of the following works (including the complete score, parts and LilyPond 2.18.0 engraving files):

Missa Dei Filii ZWV Z 20
(Note: The final movement proved quite challenging. It seems Zelenka did not complete some sections towards the end of the fugue, e.g., T. bars 663ff or A. 704ff. Moreover, there are almost no bass figures in the Cum Sancto Spirito. I took the liberty to add appropriate bass figures and tried to complement the missing voices. Of course, I documented my interventions in the critical remarks.)

Sub tuum praesidium ZWV Z 157
(I prepared those ten movements already back in November, but almost forgot them -- what a shame! Zelenka used some really nice contrapuntal ideas in these settings.)

16-02-2017, 10:40 AM
You're a real treasure, Skaf! The efficiency with which you work on those things, and the quality of the resulting scores, are simply mind-boggling!

19-02-2017, 10:12 PM
Impressive indeed! Though I would have been prepared to wait another week if Skaf could also bring us the Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus from ZWV 20 :D

20-02-2017, 10:00 AM
And thank you very much for including the engraving files!

Now, the front matter looks really snazzy too. May I ask how you prepared it, Skaf? Am I getting it right that you used the fonts from, say, here: https://bitbucket.org/georgd/eb-garamond/downloads and then used XeLaTeX or LuaLaTex?

22-02-2017, 08:24 PM
Now we have a new edition of the Credo ZWV 32 by Werner Jaksch at IMSLP. Another piece with three trombones! And two choirs!!

20-03-2017, 10:48 PM
To conclude the late masses:
Announcing a modern edition of Zelenka's Missa Omnium Sanctorum ZWV Z 21, including, as usual, the complete score, parts and LilyPond 2.18.0 engraving files.

@rnkt: I sincerely hope that Zelenka did *not* compose the missing movements of the Missa Dei Filii, otherwise I would have to grieve for this (doubtlessly great, but) lost music …

@Elwro: Using Duffner's OTF files with LuaLaTeX/fontspec/microtype would be my usual approach (which I followed, for example, in my thesis). However, I have to admit that I simply wrote the front matter with LibreOffice (and "faked" a few typographic features :o ).

21-03-2017, 07:05 PM
You're a true hero, Skaf. [After comparing your rendition of Kyrie 1 and mine I really feel like an idiot, I have no idea how I missed quite a few important things...]

Thank you very very much!

26-03-2017, 10:10 AM
Same here, your edition shows up a few obvious errors in my Sanctus scores!

Thanks for sharing the great work

12-05-2017, 09:22 AM
I want to report that Skaf uploaded the Litanies ZWV 151: http://imslp.org/wiki/Litaniae_Lauretanae,_ZWV_151_(Zelenka,_Jan_Dismas) The whole niche community is surely immensely grateful! ;)

I also noticed that Skaf did also one of the masses by Reutter the Elder: http://imslp.org/wiki/Missa_Suscipe_Deprecationem_Nostram_(Reutter_der_% C3%84ltere,_Georg) Your speed of work, Skaf, is amazing, especially considering the quality!

13-05-2017, 10:32 PM
And some other works:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Veni_sancte_spiritus_reple,_ZWV_210_(Zelenka,_Jan_ Dismas)




http://imslp.org/wiki/10_Sub_tuum_praesidium,_ZWV_157_(Zelenka,_Jan_Dism as)

06-06-2017, 04:59 PM
I have 2 comments regarding the fantastic scores of the 'Sub tuum praesidium' settings.

First, p. 10, bar 116: the sopranos should have 'd g d' at the beginning, and not 'd a d'.

Second, Skaf, may I ask why you have opted for the spelling 'Genetrix' instead of the 'Genitrix' from the manuscript (which is also the spelling in which I've known the prayer)? I hadn't known the 'Genetrix' spelling was also correct (now I do) :-)

Link to the manuscript:


Thanks again for the hard work! We will be performing the 2nd piece in Krakow from Skaf's score.

06-06-2017, 11:21 PM
Thanks for pointing out the mistake in the Sub tuum praesidium. I included it in my errata.
Concerning the spelling genetrix vs genitrix: I simply preferred the former version (to my ears, it sounds slightly softer, at least if pronounced in the German tradition). What is more, there were plenty of references in Wiktionary's genetrix article.

You found all of my recent Zelenka editions on IMSPL, so I only have to announce the following one:
Antonio Caldara: Missa Providentiae (including the Credo ZWV 31 by Zelenka)
(Note: Most of the lyrics are missing in the Credo, which is why I had to reconstruct them -- see the preface. This movement is stunning, especially the Amen fugue which prominently features the passus duriusculus - a fugue could not be more "Zelenkian" ;) ).

07-06-2017, 08:31 PM
You found all of my recent Zelenka editions on IMSPL, so I only have to announce the following one:
Antonio Caldara: Missa Providentiae (including the Credo ZWV 31 by Zelenka)
(Note: Most of the lyrics are missing in the Credo, which is why I had to reconstruct them -- see the preface. This movement is stunning, especially the Amen fugue which prominently features the passus duriusculus - a fugue could not be more "Zelenkian" ;) ).

How very exciting!! It's interesting that Zelenka did a number of inserted movements for various Masses by other composers, and I hope that they will get some recording attention at some point in the future. For example one by Pisani, which is the Benedictus ZWV40 - a nice short layered SATB piece with interlocking an string melody which is similar in principle to the Da Pacem Domine ZWV 167