Vejvanovský, Pavel Josef

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Vejvanovský, Pavel Josef

Vejvanovský, Pavel Josef, distinguished Moravian trumpeter and composer; b. Hukvaldy or Hlucin, c. 1633; d. Kroměříž (buried), Sept. 24, 1693. He was educated at the Opava Jesuit Coll., and entered the service of E. Castelle, an administrator at the court of the Prince-Bishop of Olmötz, Leopold Wilhelm, as a trumpeter in 1661. He then was made principal trumpeter and Kapellmeister to the new Prince-Bishop, Karl Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn, in 1664, and later served as his Hof- und Feldtrompeter. His masterful writing for the trumpet and the cornett is found in both his instrumental and his vocal works. Among his output are 14 masses, offertories, motets, vespers, litanies, antiphons, a number of sonatas in which the trumpet is prominent, balletti, Intrada, and Serenadas. See J. Po-hanska, ed., Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky: Serenate e sonate per orchestra,Musica Antiqua Bohémica, XXXVI (1950), and Pavel Josef Vejvanovský: Composizioni per orchestra,ibid., XLVII-XLIX (1960-61).

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