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2006 | 23 | 215-226

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ON THE MIGRATION OF MUSICIANS: MUSIC DIRECTOR JOHANN ZAJITZ (1800-1854) (K migracii hudobnikov: Vojensky kapelnik Johann Zajitz (1800-1854))


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One of the music directors ('Kapellmeisters') whose works have been recently identified is Johann Zajitz (1800, Domasin, Bohemia - 1854, Rijeka/Fiume, Croatia), the music director of the 45th infantry regiment Baron Mayer. He was the father of Ivan Zajc (1832-1914), the most famous Croatian composer in the second half of the 19th century. In 1830 he came from Bratislava to Rijeka with his regiment, where he actively took part in the musical life. He settled here and had left military service. He worked as a music teacher at the musical school, conductor of the city orchestra and as the cathedral organist. His compositions have been found in Vienna, Zagreb and in Rijeka: at present we know his 21 manuscripts and printed works for the piano or for the orchestra. Some of them were written during his stay in Bratislava (marches, minuets), others in Rijeka (waltz, 'Konzertstück für Oboe und Orchester', various adaptations.)


  • Vjera Katalinic, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Department for History of Croatian Music, Opaticka 18, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia; http://www.uhv.sav.sk


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