Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky

Biography

Born: 1633; Hukvaldy, Czech Republic   Died: September, 1693; Krozmeriz, Moravia  
Pavel Vejvanovksy was born in Moravia (Hukvaldy or Hlucin) in either 1633 or 1639. He received an education at the Jesuit university in Opava, where he also began composing. Moravia had been devastated during the Thirty Years War and much of it was in desperate need of rebuilding. The Habsburg authorities appointed the influential and ambitious Karl Leichtenstein-Castelcorno as Prince-Bishop of Olomouc who set about to rebuild much of the region. Read more This included building himself a grand palace in Italian renaissance style with elaborate gardens in the nearby town of Kromeriz and employing a large group of musicians drawn from throughout Europe to play at his court and churches. In the 1650s the job of running and directing this prestigious ensemble fell to Vejvanovsky, who was regularly singled out for praise by the Bishop.

As a composer his output is uneven, but in his later works he was able to master most typical idioms of the day. He seems to have struggled with imitative counterpoint and his most compelling pieces are characterised by charming folk idioms and virtuosic brass writing. He composed in a wide variety of genres ranging from large-scale Mass settings and music for special feast days to more intimate sonatas and suites. In addition to his musical responsibilities, he also maintained the Bishop's music library and is the primary copyist of the collection, with his hand appearing in hundreds of manuscripts. His own compositions circulated throughout central Europe, appearing in other Czech collections as well as in Germany and Austria. He seems to have made at least one visit to Austria with the purpose of copying and collecting music and it is largely thanks to Vejvanovsky that so much central-European music from the time is preserved in what is widely regarded as one of he most important collections of late seventeenth century music on the Continent.

Vejvanovsky must have been one of the greatest trumpet virtuosos of the age and his numerous compositions attest to his virtuosity. One of his more remarkable talents was the ability to play certain chromatic passages on the trumpet, which is not normally possible on the largely diatonic natural trumpet. Under Vejvanovsky's direction the Bishops ensemble saw its heyday. Other musicians at court included Philipp Jakob Rittler, Heinrich Biber, and Gottfried Finger, the latter two employing certain characteristics of Vejvanovsky's trumpet writing in their own compositions. Read less
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    Christmas Brass Festival / Ernst, Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98019 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Michael Praetorius,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Ernst
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    Trombett- Undt Musikalischer Taffeldienst
    Label: Fra Bernardo   Catalog: 1209232 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Philipp Jakob Rittler  ... 
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    Uns ist ein Kind geboren - Christmas Concertos & Arias / Mammel, L'Arpa Festante
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83373 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Christoph Bernhard,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Jörg Mammel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'Arpa Festante
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    The Concerto Koln Christmas Album
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300276 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
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    Vom Himmel Hoch / Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300146 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Eccard  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Festliches Barock
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300167 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Romanus Weichlein,  Daniel Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Blechbläserensemble
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    Weihnachtskonzerte / Ludwig Guttler, Virtuosi Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115252 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann David Heinichen,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Bach Trumpet Gala, Vol. 1
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232123 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  JJ Beauvarl.-Charpentier,  Gelasius Hiebler,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Mehl
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    Great Joy Vol 2 - Christmas Music For Brass
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98285 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Weymann,  Michael Haydn,  JJ Beauvarl.-Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schweriner Brass Collegium
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    In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachten Mit Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94502 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Manfredini,  Johann David Heinichen,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
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    Bach, Buxtehude, Etc / Ludwig Guttler, Friedrich Kircheis
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1621 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-B Loeillet,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Alcock, John, Sr.,  Johann Ludwig Krebs  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Friedrich Kircheis
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    Christmas Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 410179 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  François Joseph Gossec,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    In Nativitate Domini - Festliche Weihnachtsmusik / Kirkby, Ryden
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 16242 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Michael Altenburg,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber  ... 
    Performer:  Susanne Rydén,  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Annegret Siedel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell'Arte Salzburg
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    Baroque Christmas / Ludwig Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 8410 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Melchior Vulpius,  Valerius Otto,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Vienna Concentus Vocalis,  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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    Bertali: Missa Resurrectionis, Etc / Carrington, Et Al
    Label: Rezound   Catalog: 5013 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bertali,  Johann Jacob Froberger,  Christian Geist,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
    Performer:  Ilya Polataev,  Mellissa Hughes
    Conductor:  Simon Carrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Yale Schola Cantorum,  Yale Collegium P;ayers,  Spiritus Collective
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    Weihnachtskonzerte - Manfredini, Et Al / Güttler, Saxoniae
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1059 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann David Heinichen,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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    Frohlich Soll Mein Herze Springen / Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1117 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Melchior Vulpius,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler,  Kurt Sandau,  Peter Schreier,  Friedrich Kircheis  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Flämig,  Ludwig Güttler,  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Kreuz Choir  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3764 Release Date: 07/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Orlando de Lassus,  Lara Hoggard,  César Franck  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3535 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
    Performer:  Jaroslav Brezina,  Michael Pospisil
    Conductor:  Marek Stryncl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Florea
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    Label: Marc Aurel Edition   Catalog: 200171 Release Date: 12/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Philipp Jakob Rittler,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima mea
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  • 21.
    Festliches Barock - Weichlein, Purcell, Et Al / Güttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1182 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Romanus Weichlein,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky
    Performer:  Ludwig Güttler
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae
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  • 22.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3392 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Jan Vaclav Vorisek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Zdenék Fibich  ... 
    Performer:  Zdenek Sedivy,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Josef Hora,  Peter Skvor
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Václáv Smetácek,  Václav Neumann,  Jiri Belohlávek  ... 
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  • 23.
    Stuttgart Brass Quartet - Telemann, Vivaldi, Berlioz, Clarke
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98952 Release Date: 02/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Herbert L. Clarke,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Pössl,  Dale Marrs,  Ernst Hutter,  Dieter Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Brass Quartet
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    Baroque Trumpetissimo / Bilger, Burns, Carroll, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1035 Release Date: 01/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  Bartholomäus Riedl,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Johann Ernst Altenburg  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Edward Brewer,  Lee Soper,  Timothy Morrison  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Classical Christmas
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 15147 Release Date: 10/06/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Francesco Manfredini,  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig New Bach Collegium Musicum,  Berlin RIAS Sinfonietta
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