My lute contribution at the end of this year is a mini series of two pieces from Austria, (A) an “Aria Composee del’ Empereur Joseph” by Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, and (B) the “Tombeau pur l’ Empereur Joseph” by Laufensteiner or Weichenberger.
Part A. “Aria Composee del’ Empereur Joseph”. Apparently, this Aria in F Major has been composed by Joseph I of Habsburg, Holy Roman Emperor (26.07.1678 – 17.04.1711). Joseph I (reign 1690 – 1711) has been educated in music and he played various musical instruments. He loved the opera very much and employed up to 300 musicians at the Royal Court Orchestra in Vienna. I spotted this piece in the baroque lute manuscript of Casimirus Wenceslaus Comes a Verdenberg (MS A.13.268). This manuscript belonged to the Benedictine monastery of Rajhrad (Stift Raigern) the oldest monastery in Moravia which was part of the Habsburg territory between the 16th and 18th century.

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