THE ACTIVITY OF TOBIAS ZEUTSCHNER (1621-1675) AT ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH IN WROCLAW: A COMPOSING CAREER IN PROTESTANT BRESLAU (Dzialalnosc Tobiasa Zeutschnera (1621-75) w kosciele sw. Marii Magdaleny. Kariera.. w .. srodowisku dawnego Wroclawia)
Among the musicians active in the main Protestant churches of Breslau in the latter half of the 17th century, only a handful have left behind any surviving musical works. One of them is Tobias Zeutschner (1621-1675), the organist at St. Bernardine's and St. Mary Magdalene's. The only existing monographic paper on his life and work was published in 1900. Zeutschner's extant legacy includes about 60 works. In addition, the titles of some of his missing works are attested in library catalogues and other records. With the exception of organ pieces, his works include examples of practically all the genres of religious music composed at the time, such as the sacred concerto, the historia, parts of the mass, Magnificats, and solo songs, the texts of which were often written by Zeutschner himself. Most of the pieces date back to his time at St. Mary Magdalene's, where he worked as organist from 1655 until his death in 1675. His most popular works, which enjoyed a renown extending beyond Zeutschner's local reputation, come from his 'Musicalische Kirchen- und Hauss-Freude', a cycle published in Leipzig in 1661. The paper presents the state of sources and history of research on music in 17th century Breslau as well as the main institutions and organisation of Protestant musical life in the city of this time. The last and main part of the text deals with the life, work and career of Tobias Zeutschner, including discussion of the reception of his pieces composed during his term at St. Mary Magdalene's.
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