Master of Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Sancti Spiritus, ZWV 4: Critical Edition and Compositional History
The rapidly growing interest from both scholars and performers in the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745), a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach who worked at the court of Dresden in the early eighteenth century, is creating an increasing need for reliable scholarly-critical editions of his music. This research project will present the first critical edition of Zelenka’s Missa Sancti Spiritus (ZWV 4), including a full score and Critical Report, accompanied by an exploration of the historical background to the work and the main compositional processes employed in this mass setting. The research will focus particularly on a detailed examination of all the surviving autograph and copyist sources pertaining to ZWV 4, seeking to trace their transmission histories and, through a specialist study of manuscript watermarks, palaeography and scribal handwriting, uncover the multiple layers of composition and revision applied to this work over a period of time.
Dr Janice Stockigt, Professor Kerry Murphy