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Mus. 3612-E-1
Uniform Composer:
?MUCK, Beda OSB (d 1709)
Title (Catalogo):
Litaniae Lauretanae
Location (1765):
Schranck II; Fach 5; Lage 9
Scoring (1765):
‘a 4 voci co’ VVni Vla e Corni’
Materials (1765):
Incipit for D-DI: Mus. 3612-E-1
Litaniae Lauretanae
Thematic Index:
Uniform Title:
RISM ID no.:
Former owner:
Jan Dismas Zelenka? No Inventarium entry
Score copy. Pale brown cover.
Cover title (Zelenka?): Eb (left) No. 17 (right) | Litaniae Lauretanae | à 4 | C: A: T: B: | Violin 2 | Viola | Di S: Muck.
Conclusion of score: Muk. The two upper lines of the score are for horns.
Works of the Benedictine Beda Muck are listed in the Osek inventory of 1720. Renton, 510. Renton states that Muck was a choirmaster at the monasteries of Kladruby and Přeštice. She gives 1709 as the year of his death. (see 340, and n. 259).
This is one of a group of five relatively short settings of the Litany of Loreto by Bohemian composers entered into the catalogue (1765) – all from Zelenka’s collection but not listed in his Inventarium. These settings probably were acquired for use in the Dresden Hofkirche following the expansion in 1727 of the Kapellknaben ensemble, and of Marian devotions. In that year the annual letter to Rome from the Dresden Jesuits reported: ‘At the beginning of the school year the number of young musicians was increased in order to amplify Marian devotions, and all Saturdays and also ferial days preceding Marian feasts will be celebrated with litanies [...].’ Annuae Litterae Missionis Dresdensis ad annum 1727, ARSI (I-Rar), Boh 143, 19.
The composers of similar Litanies of Loreto (all provenance of Zelenka) are Czerwenka (missing), Gerbich (Görbig), the Cistercian Grünberger (OC), Muck, and Schütze. Each composer is also represented in the Osek music catalogues. In some copies of these litanies the scribe gives a phonetic spelling or an interpretation of the written name of the composer: Korbischi = Görbig or Gerbich; Krusberger = Grünberger; Muk = Muck.
Sächs. Landesbibliothek. Depositum der Kath. Hofkirche.
V. 7 (1902), 100: Eitner’s identification of the composer of the Litaniae Lauretanae as Friedrich Johann Albrecht Muck ‘b. 1768’ is incorrect. ‘Auch in dem Archiv zu Dresden, kath. Kirche, befindet sich unter Muck eine Litania lauretana a 4 voci, c. VV. Va. Ob. Cor. ed org. im Ms. P. u. St.’.
SLB Card Catalogue:
Muck: Litanie Lauretanae à 4, c., a., t., b., violini, viola, corni ed organo. Es-dur. Part. 1 Bd. 4to. Mus.-Mscr. Kath. Hofkirche
Score of Litaniae Lauretanae attr. to ‘S: Muck’ (Mus. 3612-E-1) held by SLUB.
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