Nieznane utwory Johanna Aloisa Lamba w zbiorach muzycznych z dawnego opactwa cystersów w Lubiążu. Przyczynek do biografii kompozytora
Unknown compositions by Johann Alois Lamb in the musical collection from the former Cistercian Abbey in Lubiąż. A contribution to the composer’s biography
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The musical collection of the Lubiąż Cistercians, currently kept in the Department of Music Collections of the University Library in Warsaw, contains two autograph scores of Johann Alois Lamb, a Czech composer active in the second half of the 18th century in Vrchlabí. Sources with his works were copied for many ensembles in Bohemia and Silesia, but the two works preserved in the Cistercian collection have remained unknown to scholars studying Lamb’s oeuvre and are not listed in the thematic catalogue of the composer’s works. The autograph scores in question add to the existing body of knowledge of J. A. Lamb’s oeuvre and at the same time are his earliest dated compositions. In the article the author presents hypotheses concerning the early period in the composer’s life. A biography of J. A. Lamb’s based on a thorough analysis of sources and dispersed musical items was published in 2014 by the Czech scholar Jakub Michl. In the light of his research the first few years of Lamb’s activity, before 1776, are unknown. No documents or musical manuscripts have been preserved in his hometown of Vrchlabí. Perhaps the mystery can be solved by four manuscripts signed Johannes Lamb from the collection of the Lubiąż Cistercians. Having analysed these manuscripts as well as sources dealing with the Czech composer’s life (described in J. Michl’s monograph), the present author suggests that J. A. Lamb spent his youth in the Cistercian monastery in Lubiąż, where he received musical and elementary education. The two Masses were probably composed when Lamb was still in Lubiąż. The article contains a discussion of all sources associated with Lamb and kept in the Cistercian collection in Lubiąż.
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