Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner

Johann Joseph Ignaz Brentner (3 November 1689, Dobřany – 28 June 1742, Dobřany) entered into the music history of the Czech Lands mainly through four collections, which appeared in print in Prague from 1716 to 1720. The sacred arias, choral offertories, and instrumental concertos contained in them reflect period stylistic influences of Italian music, and together with the works preserved in manuscript, they provide a valuable glimpse of the music being composed at that time in Bohemia. In their day, Brentner’s compositions were quite widely disseminated, and they were known in places as far away as Jesuit missions in what is now Bolivia.

Sacred Arias II

ed. Václav Kapsa

The last volume of the editorial project focused on the music of Joseph Brentner brings his second collection of twelve arias published in 1719 as Hymnodia divina, op. 3 in Prague. It further includes one aria and three solo motets composed later and known from manuscript sources. Unlike the first volume of sacred arias containing only compositions for soprano or alto, the second volume also includes pieces for male voices.