Josef Antonín Plánický

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Josef Antonín Plánický (November 27, 1691, Manětín – September 17 1732, Freising) was a Czech composer, musician and singer of Baroque era.


Josef Antonín Plánický gained his basic musical education from his father, who was the teacher and organist in the church of his hometown and thereafter, he studied probably at some of Jesuit schools. In 1715, he became a musical teacher in the family of count Lažanský and later, until the death, he held services in aristocratic families at several locations in Bohemia, Moravia and Austria.


His most famous and actually the only fully preserved work is Opella ecclesiastica seu Ariae duodecim nova idea excornatae, the collection of 12 spiritual cantatas (1723). The collection contains 7 soprano, 3 alto 2 bass vocal arias with accompaniment of organ or harpsichord, two violins, violon, and solo oboe or solo violin. In 1724, he wrote an opera Zelus divi Corbinian Ecclesiae Frisigensis Fundamentum. It is also known that he composed numerous litanies, motets, Te Deum, Requiem, and some special compositions, called musica navalis (Naval Music) for Prague rides on Vltava River. None of these, however, survived, because the archive was dismantled.


  • Czechoslovakian musical dictionary (Československý hudební slovník), 1965, Prague