Jurij Slatkonja

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Bishop Slatkonja

Jurij Slatkonja (German: Georg von Slatkonia, also Jurij Chrysippus; 21 March 1456–26 April 1522) was a Carniolan choirmaster and the first residential Bishop of Vienna. He was also the first owner of an ex libris among the Slovenes. His crest contained a golden horse, from which comes his surname (Slovene slat [= zlat] 'golden' + konj 'horse').


Born in Ljubljana, Slatkonja studied in Ljubljana, since 1474 in Ingolstadt, and since 1475 in Vienna, where he became a Bachelor (lower academic degree) in 1477 at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1495, he was a chaplain and cantor at the court in Vienna; he was also the canon and provost of the Diocese of Ljubljana. In 1498, he was entrusted the position of the Singing Master (Singmeister) of the choir later known as the Vienna Boys' Choir, in 1500 the position of the Chapel Master (Kapellmeister) of the Vienna Court Chapel (de), and in 1513 of the Highest Chapel Master (obrister Capellmeister).[1] In 1499, he was named the second provost of the Novo Mesto College Chapter. In 1513 he was given the position of the Bishop of Vienna although he continued to work as the main music organiser in the city and probably also himself composed.[2]


  1. ^ Lukman, Franc Ksaver. "Slatkonja, Jurij (1456–1522)". Slovenska biografija (in Slovenian). Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Nared, Andrej. "Začetki kranjskega prelatskega stanu" [The Beginnings of Carniolan Prelate Estate]. In Šter, Katarina; Žagar Karer, Mojca. Historični seminar 7 [Historical Seminary 7]. ZRC Publishing House. p. 23. ISBN 978-961-254-139-2. 

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