You [Zelenka], most highly praised, perfect Virtuoso / your fame – all of your own making – is world-renowned and great; / to the glory of God and in order to delight the soul / you compose church music / which is so touching that the rapt breast / has a foretaste of the heavenly pleasures; / so your own praise will forever keep your name green, / both here on Earth and on the platform of the stars.

Johann Gottlob Kittel (1740)

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Music (general)

Late masses

Instrumental music

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