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Zelenka: Hypocondrie à 7 concertanti

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Hypocondrie à 7 concertanti
Edited by Reinhard Goebel
Zelenka: Hypocondrie à 7 concertanti
Full Score (2011)
8.5x11, v + 22 pp.

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Performance Parts

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Orchestral Parts (2011)
Set of 13 parts: 0201 0000 33211
The court orchestra of Dresden had fallen into decline in the early eighteenth century, but its swift revival began in 1718 with the wedding preparations for the electoral prince, Frederick August II, and Maria Josepha of Austria, the daughter of the Hapsburg emperor. Musicians from Italy, France, and other courts in Germany were appointed to the Hofkapelle, and in the years following the wedding, the ensemble flourished and was held in high esteem throughout Europe. Many composers from Dresden, elsewhere in Germany, and beyond wrote works for the Dresden orchestra—as well as works for other orchestras in the Dresden style, thus reinforcing the artistic renown of the ensemble.
Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Hypocondrie à 7 concertanti is one of the most enigmatic pieces of the early eighteenth century. During the baroque era the term “hypochondria” encompassed depression, migraine, melancholy, and mania—but presumably the single movement, which was composed in Prague in 1723, should be understood first as a self-portrait of the composer, whose handwriting in itself is already a graphic expression of the gravest problems and disorders. Hardly any other baroque piece leaves the audience so disoriented!
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