The Works of Joseph and Michael Haydn in Ondřej Horník’s Collection

Pages 6-23
DOI 10.1515/muscz-2017-0007
Keywords Joseph Haydn - Michael Haydn - Ondřej Horník - collecting - Kuks - eighteenth century - sacred music in Bohemia
Musicalia. Journal of the Czech Museum of Music / Časopis Českého muzea hudby | 2017/9/1-2

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) and his brother Michael (1737–1806) were the most popular composers in eighteenth-century Bohemia, and their compositions have been preserved in collections in Prague, among other places. The study deals with Haydniana in the collection of Ondřej Horník (1864–1917) kept at the National Museum – Czech Museum of Music and with sacred works in particular. It notes the performances of compositions by both Haydn brothers given by the Brothers Hospitallers in Kuks, gives concrete examples of changes to instrumentation depending on changing tastes during the period, and touches on cases of doubtful authorship and practical questions concerning the manufacturing and distribution of paper. Among other things, it affirms the importance of Ondřej Horník’s activity as a collector.

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