Rerum patris Pii Hancke. O muzykaliach nyskiego dominikanina
Rerum patris Pii Hancke. The musical scores of the Nysa Dominican
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The collection of Pius Hancke’s works includes numerous pieces written for the harp. Its outstanding repertoire and provenance distinguishes it from other monastic collections. The collection belonged to the monk who developed it during his whole life and carried it with him when changing places he lived in. Last 30 years of his life Pius Hancke spent in Dominican monastery in Nysa. Notes used during the liturgy (masses, litanies) certainly were used there and currently are the only testimony of the music culture of this monastery. Next to liturgical pieces Hancke’s collection includes a number of instrumental pieces for the harp with the accompaniment of other instruments and contrafacta of opera arias. The latter often include arrangements of harp parts, most probably made by Hancke himself. Scriptors’ names relate this collection to the unique manuscript containing Antonio Vivaldi’s Credo.
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