Personalities | Jan Dismas Zelenka | Late Baroque | Classical

(Yan Dez’-mas Ze-leng’-ka) 1679–1745
Bohemian composer

Zelenka was born near Prague but worked for most of his life in Dresden, where he was double bass player in the court orchestra. He studied with Fux in Vienna and Antonio Lotti (1667– 1740) in Venice. Although he wrote three oratorios and at least 20 Masses, and was eventually appointed vice-Kapellmeister of church music, Zelenka is better known for a small number of instrumental works. These include six trio sonatas for two oboes and bassoon, and five orchestral capriccios. Much of this music requires an instrumental virtuosity seldom encountered elsewhere at the time, other than in the works of J. S. Bach.

Recommended Recording:
Prague 1723: Hipocondrie and other orchestral works, Il Fondamento (dir) Paul Dombrecht (Passacaille)

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