Marcin Mielczewski

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Marcin Mielczewski (c. 1600 – September 1651) was, together with his tutor Franciszek Lilius and Bartłomiej Pękiel, among the most notable Polish composers in the 17th century.

By 1632 he was a composer and musician in the royal chapel in Warsaw. In 1645 he became director of music to Charles Ferdinand Vasa, the brother of King Władysław IV. Mielczewski died in Warsaw in September 1651.

His known works are largely in the concertato style, and Szweykowski suggests that the way "in which the words are given full expression" means he is likely to have composed secular vocal works in addition to the surviving sacred corpus.[1] In his mass O glorioso domina and one of his instrumental canzonas, Mielczewski quotes popular Polish tunes; the latter is notable for being the earliest documented use of the mazurka in classical music.



  • Missa Triumphalis a 14
  • Missa Cerviensiana, six voices and six instruments[2]
  • Missa O Gloriosa domina, six voices and basso continuo[3]

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Mielczewski: Complete Works Vol.1-6 Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense Lilianna Stawarz 6CDs 1998-2000[4]
  • Mielczewski: Missa super O Gloriosa Domina (on Msze Staropolskie) Il Canto 1993 (Accord)
  • Mielczewski: Virgo prudentissima; Quem terra pontus; Beata Dei Genitrix (2 Versionen); Salve virgo; Ante thorum huius virginis; Magnificat primi toni (with works by Adam Jarzebski and Mikołaj Zielenski), Weser-Renaissance Manfred Cordes (cpo)
  • Mielczewski: Virgo Prudentissima with works by Bartłomiej Pękiel) Les Traversees, Meyer (K617) 5.99
  • Vesperae Dominicales, Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble Andrzej Kosendiak,(Accord) 2016


  1. ^ Szweykowski, Zygmunt M (2001). "Marcin Mielczewski". In Root, Deane L. (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ An Outline History of Polish Music Tadeusz Ochlewski, Grzegorz Michalski - 1979 "Mielczewski's Missa Cerviensiana has also survived in manuscript ; it is a mass for a choir of six and an instrumental ensemble, violins, trombones
  3. ^ Liber amicorum: Festschriften for music scholars and nonmusicians Zdravko Blažeković, James R. Cowdery - 2009 -Analyzes Mielczewski's Missa super "O Gloriosa dominion" for six voices and basso continuo (PL-WRu MS 6243) from 1656.
  4. ^ Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense Lilianna Stawarz

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