Jan Dismas Zelenka. Masses and sonatas 1720-30
Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore
Jan Dismas Zelenka
Masses and sonatas
Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini Early Music Seminars
Director: Pedro Memelsdorff
Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 19-24 February 2018
Deadline for presentation of requests: 10 December 2017
Scholarships addressed to instrumental ensembles and young solo singers
The son of a Czech singer and organist, Zelenka probably received a Jesuit education before moving to Dresden, when he is documented as a violinist and composer in the Hofkappelle from 1710-11. Stays in Vienna and, possibly, Naples and Venice during the second decade of the eighteenth century helped to mould a complex and original style, rich in experimental ideas already admired by Bach, Telemann, Pisendel, Mattheson and Mizler.
Out of Zelenka’s vast work, the compositions of the early 1720s will be examined during the seminar, including the lamentations and the celebrated cycle of six sonatas zwv 181, a real sample of instrumental, rhetorical and compositional virtuosity. The main teachers will be the renowned oboist – Alfredo
Bernardini – and the vocalist-conductor – Václav Luks. The Fondazione Giorgio Cini – with the contribution and cooperation of the Fondation Concordance and the Fondazioni Irma Merk and L. + Th. La Roche (Basel, Switzerland) – is offering seven scholarships for all active participants.
The announcement is intended for professional or semi-professional instrumental ensembles* comprising two oboes, a bassoon and thorough bass (harpsichord) and young solo singers**, specialising in the eighteenth-century repertoire. Scholarships are available for all the selected active participants, which cover the seminar enrolment fee, meals (breakfast and lunch only), board (at the Residenza del Centro Internazionale di Studi Vittore Branca) and travel expenses (in economy class and up to a maximum of 700 euros, in any case to be agreed with the Seminar Secretary).
To take part in the selection, candidates must send the following materials to the seminar secretary (via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than 10 December 2017:
– Detailed CV;
– Copy of the passport or identity card
– link to a video recording of two solo pieces (for the singers) and two chamber music
pieces (for the ensembles), from the early eighteenth century.
* Participation of the musicians will be from 19 to 24 February 2018
** Participation of the solo singers will be from 21 to 24 February 2018
N.B.: It is recommended that the video be loaded onto a platform in public or private mode and shared.
The seminar is also open to listeners on request and subject to approval.