Praze [Prague]: Nákladem Jana Hoffmanna, 1847.
Folio. Full dark brown mottled calf, spine in double blind-ruled compartments. 1f. (recto title, verso quote), viii, 163, [i] (blank) pp. + 1f. "Roráte" in smaller format. Music and text typeset throughout.
A collection of religious songs with figured bass for single and/or multiple voices in unison from the time of King Karl IV of the Czech Lands in the 14th century.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; free front endpaper lacking, with remnants to blank inner margin of title. Some internal wear and soiling; foxing and staining to first ca. 50 pp.; early crude paper repairs to pp. 19-24; lower outer corners thumbed, several lacking, with no loss of music.
Markings and numberings in pencil and ink to first 50 pages.
First Edition. Rare. OCLC (1 copy in the US only, at the University of Chicago).
Škroup was a "Czech composer, conductor and choirmaster ... In 1836 he became vice-Kapellmeister, and in 1838 choirmaster, of the Prague Estates Theatre, where he was appointed second Kapellmeister in 1840. From 1838 he was also a choirmaster of the Crusaders' church in Prague. In 1843 he conducted the Czech opera performances in the Růžová Street Theatre, Prague, for whose opening he wrote Slavná overtura (‘Festival Overture’), in 1842. He left the theatre to become director of the Sophien-Akademie (1844–9; in 1846 he took part in preparations for Berlioz’s visit to Prague). From 1845 he was Kapellmeister at Prague Cathedral, where in 1856 he invited Liszt to conduct his Missa solemnis, and from 1846 he was a singing teacher of the archiepiscopal seminary. Between 1874 and 1882 he resumed the post of second Kapellmeister and choirmaster of the Estates Theatre.
Much of Škroup’s work, including some of his theoretical writings, is devoted to the church. He also wrote songs, choral works (some of which were published), incidental music, overtures and other pieces..." Michaela Freemanová in Grove Music Online.
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