Wojciech Długoraj

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Wojciech Długoraj , also Adalbert / Albert Długoraj (* around 1550 in Gostyń , † after 1619), was a Polish lutenist and composer of the late Renaissance.

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Długoraj, possibly a student of Valentin Bakfark , was a lutenist in the service of Samuel Zborowski , with whose court he had to leave Poland in 1579. He was accommodated in the Bernardine monastery in Krakow, from which he was expelled in 1581 for inappropriate behavior. In 1583 Długoraj became court lutenist of King Stephan Báthory . In 1584 he sent letters to Chancellor Jan Zamoyski , which proved a murder plan by his former employer Zborowski against the king. Zborowski was then executed. Probably out of fear of revenge from the Zborowskis family, Długoraj fled to Germany after the death of Báthory.

Here his compositions appeared in various collections (e.g. Jean-Baptiste Besards Thesaurus Harmonicus , Cologne 1603). The last published in Leipzig in 1619 was the Tabulatura Długoraj (also known as Albert Długoraj's Lute Book ), which contained a fugue, a fantasy, two villanelles and two chorea polonica in German tablature . These works identify him as a composer and virtuoso of high standing. Długoraj's collection also includes anonymous works as well as a prelude by Emanuel Adriaensen (2nd half of the 16th century) and a courante by John Dowland .

Individual evidence

  1. CV in Polish
  2. ^ Adalbert Quadt : Lute music from the Renaissance. According to tablature ed. by Adalbert Quadt. Volume 1 ff. Deutscher Verlag für Musik, Leipzig 1967 ff .; 4th edition, ibid. 1968, Volume 2, p. 6, 38 f., 61 (anonymous: Ei, du feiner Reiter with proportion ) and 63 f.