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Choir book
prior 1539.

The present codex is one of two folio manuscripts which the SLUB purchased from the Annaberg church of St. Anne. They contain spiritual figural music and, to some extent, “mirror the Electoral Saxon-Ernestine conduct of music around 1500” (W. Steude). Sequences, Versus alleluiatici and Introitus are dominant in this codex. Although most compositions are anonymous, the choir book states important names as Heinrich Fink or Josquin Desprez.

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Missa h-Moll

 Johann Sebastian Bach: Missa h-minor (Kyrie and Gloria) BWV 232I
A voice made by the author of Missa h-Moll.

In 1733, after August the Strong’s death, Bach applied to his son and successor for the conferment of a royal court title with this composition. The application was successful; Bach was appointed “Royal Polish and Elector Saxon Court Compositor”.



Missa h-Moll digital

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Antonio Vivaldi: Violinkonzert

 Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto A-Major RV 314
Score written by the author, dedicated to Johann Georg Pisendel.

Pisendel, from 1712 violinist at the Dresden court orchestra and a one of Vivaldi’s students in Venice in 1716/17, was his most important interpreter north of the Alps. He compiled the biggest Vivaldi collection outside of Italy, in which he preserved important notes of conduct.

Violinkonzert A-Dur RV 314 digital

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Carl Maria von Weber: EuryantheCarl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe
Autograph score.

 Being one of the most glamorous appearances in the Dresden history of music as court conductor (1817-1826), Weber did groundbreaking work as conductor, opera compositor and organiser. 25 years after his early death, his widow donated the present fair copy of the “big heroic romantic opera” Euryanthe to King Friedrich August II. Friedrich Wilhelm Jähns, pioneer of Weber research, called this score an “autograph of rare beauty”.

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Lieder für die Jugend

Robert Schumann: Four "Songs for the Young"
Autograph score.

1849 was the last and at the same time most productive year Robert Schumann, who had lived in Dresden since the end of 1844, spent in the city on the river Elbe. During the Dresden may uprising, which he took part in without taking to the barricades himself, he was intensively working on the songbook opus 79.

The score on display contains four of the 29 songs, namely »Zigeunerliedchen« (Nr. 7 und 8), »Frühlingsbotschaft« (Nr. 3) and on the back »Schmetterling« (Nr. 2).

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Das Liebesmahl der Apostel

 Richard Wagner: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel.
The Feast of Pentecost)
Biblical scene for male voices and big orchestra
Autograph score.

Wagner, court conductor in Dresden from 1842 until his escape in 1849, wrote this peculiar, virtually stereophonic piece for several dialoguing choir groups (with subsequent addition of the big orchestra) outside his court assignment. It was designated for the general singing festival in Dresden and was first staged on 6 July 1843 in the Dresden Church of our Lady. It is said that 1.200 Saxon singers took part as choirs. The autograph score was purchased in 1995 with the support of the Kulturstiftung der Länder.

Das Liebesmahl der Apostel digital

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