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Bohuslav Matej Cernohorsky

born: 1684
died: 1742
birthplace: Nymburk
diedplace: Styrsky Hradec

excellent Czech composer, organist and pedagogue of the fullest baroque period. He got the basic musical education from his father; later studied philosophy and theology at the University of Prague. After reaching the bachelors degree, he entered the Franciscan Order and priested in 1708. He left for Italy in 1710 where he became the chief organist of the Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi. He taught here, among others, the famous Italian composer G. Tartini. Later he moved to Padua. He came back to Czechia in 1720 where he went on teaching and composing. He taught several great composers (Frantisek Ignac Tuma, Ch.W. Gluck). Since 1931 he works in Padua again; in 1741 he decided to com back to Czechia because of poor health. On his way home he died in February 1742. He composed mostly vocal compositions and organ music. Only a small part of his works has been preserved, yet the fragments document his special sense of perfect polyphony.

Work: (selected)
  • Regina coeli for soprano, 8 voices, violoncello and organ
  • Offertorium pro omni tempore
  • Vesperae minus solemnes
  • Fugue in A minor con sogetto cromatica
  • Toccata C dur for organ
  • Concerto in C for organ
  • Fugas: F-dur, D-dur, c-moll, a-moll
  • Laudetur Jesus Christus


Mala encyklopedie hudby (dr. Jar. Smolka; &kolektiv, Supraphon 1983)


Fuga c-moll (MP3) (Jiri Ropek and Frantisek Michalek-organ, Ceskoslovenska dlouhohrajici deska 1950)

Last update 2012-07-03