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Wessely, Johann (Paul) [Veselý, Jan Pavel]



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Wessely, Johann (Paul) [Veselý, Jan Pavel]


(b Frauenberg [now Hluboká], Bohemia, 24 June 1762; d Ballenstedt, 1 June 1810). Bohemian violinist and composer. He studied the violin under his uncle, a Benedictine monk in Prague. From 1797 to 1800 he was first violinist in the count's orchestra in Kassel, and from 1800 was Konzertmeister to the Duke of Anhalt-Bernburg at Ballenstedt. Wessely's best efforts were as a player and composer of chamber music. His string quartets and trios, modelled after Haydn and Ignace Pleyel, were well loved by his contemporaries. He also wrote several concertante orchestral works with solo parts for violin, horn, clarinet and flutes, and composed two comic operas for performance at Ballenstedt about 1800.

WORKS


only those extant

Orch: 8 Variations, cl (Leipzig, 1794); 12 Variations, 2 fl, vn (Leipzig, n.d.); Rondo, hn, op.14 (Brunswick, n.d.); 10 Variations, hn, vn, op.15 (Brunswick, 1802)

Chbr: 2 Str Qts, op.1 (Vienna, n.d.); 2 Str Qts, op.2 (Vienna, 1788); 3 Str Qts, op.4 (Vienna, n.d.); 3 Str Qts, op.8 (Offenbach, 1792); 3 Str Qts, op.9 (Offenbach, 1798); 3 Str Qts (Offenbach, 1798); 3 Str Trios, op.17 (Brunswick, 1804), 1 movt ed. in Das Streichtrio, xiv (1953); 3 Qts, cl, vn, va, pf, op.19 (Offenbach, n.d.)

Vocal: Frage und Antwort (Spl), D-BAL; Der Tyroler Jäger (Spl), BAL; Lobgedicht (Dr Lenhardt) (Leipzig, 1804)

BIBLIOGRAPHY


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Wessely, Othmar


(b Linz, 31 Oct 1922; d Vienna, 20 April 1998). Austrian musicologist. He attended the Bruckner-Konservatorium in Linz and then studied musicology at Vienna University with Schenk, and theory with Joseph Marx at the Vienna Academy (1940–47). He took the doctorate at Vienna in 1947 with a dissertation on Bruckner in Linz. After working briefly as archivist to the Staatsoper (1948) and secretary to the Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe der Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich (1949), he became an assistant lecturer (1950) at Vienna University's musicology institute; he completed his Habilitation at Vienna in 1958 with a work on the life and times of Arnold von Bruck. He was successively a reader at the institute (1959–63), professor of musicology and director of the musicology institute at Graz University (1963–71), professor of musicology and director of the musicology institute at Vienna University (1971–93) and director of the Anton Bruckner-Institut in Linz (from 1982), whose conference reports he regularly edited.

Wessely's particular interest was in 14th-century Italian and Renaissance music, particularly where the music of these periods related to the history of art and language. He also concentrated on the history of music in his own region of Upper Austria and on Austrian music as a whole from 1848 to 1918, and represented these interests for a variety of publications (including MGG1 and RISM since 1962). In 1963 he became general editor of the Fux collections, and founded and published the series Die grossen Darstellungen der Musikgeschichte in Barock und Aufklärung. He was made a member (1954) and subsequently president (1974–94) of the Gesellschaft zur Herausgabe der DTÖ.

His wife, Helene Wessely, née Kropik (b Vienna, 29 July 1924), also studied musicology with Schenk at Vienna University and took the doctorate there in 1950 with a dissertation on Purcell as an instrumental composer. She has made a particular study of the 17th-century composer Lelio Colista, and has edited some of his works for publication.

WRITINGS


Anton Bruckner in Linz (diss., U. of Vienna, 1947)

Musik in Oberösterreich (Linz, 1951)

Die Musikinstrumentensammlung des Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseums (Linz, 1952)

‘Archivalische Beiträge zur Musikgeschichte des maximilianischen Hofes’, SMw, xxiii (1956), 79–134



Arnold von Bruck: Leben und Umwelt (Habilitationsschrift, U. of Vienna, 1958)

Johann Joseph Fux und Johann Mattheson (Graz, 1965)

ed.: E.L Gerber: Neues historisch-biographisches Lexikon der Tonkünstler (Graz, 1966–77)

‘Beiträge zur Lebensgeschichte von Pieter Maessins’, Gestalt und Wirklichkeit: Festgabe für Ferdinand Weinhandl, ed. R. Mühler and J. Fischl (Berlin, 1967), 437–52



Johann Joseph Fux und Antonio Vallotti (Graz, 1967)

ed.: Ergänzungen, Berichtigungen und Nachträge zu Ernst Ludwig Gerbers Tonkünstler-Lexika (Graz, 1969)

Pietro Pariatis Libretto zu Johann Joseph Fuxens ‘Costanza e fortezza’ (Graz, 1969)

‘Zur Geschichte des Equals’, Beethoven-Studien, ed. E. Schenk (Vienna, 1970), 341–60

‘Aus römischen Bibliotheken und Archiven’, Symbolae historiae musicae: Hellmut Federhofer zum 60. Geburtstag, ed. F.W. Riedel and H. Unverricht (Mainz, 1971), 81–102

‘Die Musiker im Hofstaat der Königin Anna, Gemahlin Ferdinands I.’, Musicae scientiae collectanea: Festschrift Karl Gustav Fellerer, ed. H. Hüschen (Cologne, 1973), 659–72



ed.: Bruckner-Studien (Vienna, 1975) [incl. ‘Bruckners Mendelssohn-Kenntnis’, 81–112]

‘Der Indice der Firma Franzini in Rom: Versuch einer Rekonstruktion’, Beiträge zur Musikdokumentation: Franz Grasberger zum 60. Geburtstag, ed. G. Brosche (Tutzing, 1975), 439–92



ed. with T. Antonicek and R. Flotzinger: De ratione in musica: Festschrift Erich Schenk [incl. ‘Über den Hoquetus in der Musik zu Madrigalen des Trecento’, 10–28] (Kassel, 1975)

‘Der Fürst und der Tod’, Beiträge 1974–75, 60–71; repr. Heinrich Schütz in seiner Zeit, ed. W. Blankenberg (Darmstadt, 1985), 329–43

‘Zur Vorgeschichte des musikalischen Denkmalschutzes’, Anzeiger der Österreichischen Akedemie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Klasse, cxiii (1976), 406–28

ed., with F. Grasberger: Schubert-Studien: Festgabe der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Vienna, 1978) [incl. ‘Unbekannte Dokumente zur Lebensgechichte Franz Schuberts’, 151–65]

‘Verschollene Quellen zur weltlichen Liedkunst des Trecento’, Anzeiger der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosphisch-historische Klasse, cxv (1978), 184–92

‘Johann Matthias Keinersdorfer: ein Vorgänger Bruckners als St. Florianer Stiftsorganist’, Bruckner-Jb 1980, 91–118

‘Eine wenig bekannte Quelle zur Linzer Musikgeschichte im Zeitalter der Glaubensspaltung’, SMw, xxxii (1981), 7–110; see also ibid., xxxv, 7–36

‘Älteres Schrifttum und ältere Musikalien in der Bibliothek des Instituts für Musikwissenschaft der Universität Wien’, SMw (1982), 127–241

‘Die ständischen Bescheidbücher des Oberösterreichischen Landesarchivs als musikgeschichtliche Quelle’, SMw (1983), 141–234

‘Zur Lebensgeschichte von Melchior Neusidler’, SMw (1985), 17–34

‘Oberösterreichische Totenlieder aus dem Umkreis des jungen Bruckner’, Anton Bruckner und die Kirchenmusik: Linz 1987, 73–83

‘Der junge Bruckner und sein Orgelspiel’, Saat, Kirche, Schule in Oberösterreich: zu Anton Bruckners sozialhistorischem Umfeld (Vienna, 1994), 59–96


EDITIONS


Arnold von Bruck: Sämtliche lateinische Motetten, und andere unedierte Werke, DTÖ, xcix (1961)

Johann Joseph Fux: Sämtliche Werke, vi/1: Werke für Tasteninstrumente (Graz, 1964); v/2: Pulcheria (Graz, 1967); vii/1: Gradus ad Parnassum (Graz, 1967); i/2: Missa lachrymantis virginis (Graz, 1971); iv/2: La donna forte nelle madre de'sette Maccabei (Graz, 1976)

Philippe de Monte: Madrigals, i–iii, Opera: New Complete Edition, ser. D, iv, vii, x (Leuven, 1977–82)

Frühmeister des Stile nuovo in Österreich, DTÖ, cxxv (1973)

BIBLIOGRAPHY


M. Angerer and others, eds.: Festschrift Othmar Wessely zum 60. Geburtstag (Tutzing, 1982) [incl. list of pubns, xi–xxii]

RUDOLF KLEIN




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