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




    These references are presented in random order


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).

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

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


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).

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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).

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

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.

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

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.

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

Horn, Wolfgang (1987). Die Dresdner Hofkirchenmusik 1720-1745: Studien zu ihren Voraussetzungen und ihrem Repertoire. (Kassel and Stuttgart). PDF copy

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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