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date: 29 February 2020

Jacob, Gunther (Wenceslaus)locked

  • Milan Poštolka
  • , revised by Jiří Sehnal

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(Wenceslaus)

(b Kaceřov, nr Loket, Bohemia, bap. Sept 30, 1685; d March 21, 1734). Bohemian composer, organist and choirmaster . He began his career as a singer at the Benedictine monasteries at Kladruby (1696) and St Mikuláš in the Old Town of Prague (from 1698). There he studied music with Prokop Smrkovský and Isidor Vavák (organ); at 16 he began to compose. During his studies of law and theology, Jacob was active from 1707 as assistant organist at the same monastic church and in 1711 he probably succeeded Vavák as choirmaster; some sources cite Jacob as choirmaster from 1705 and Vavák as organist, 1695–1713. As a member of the Benedictine order he accepted the name Guntherus and took his monastic vows on 1 November 1710. In 1719 he was appointed tutor of Countess Lažanská’s children in Manětín, where he stayed several times during the following years. On his numerous travels he visited Vienna and Lower Austria (...

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