CD 41

Music from Stams Monastery XVI

Egyd Schor, Angels’ Concert, about 1695. Fresco on the vaulting in the right apse of the basilica of Stams Monastery

Nonnosus Madlseder’s wish, expressed in the preface of his  opus  III  published  in Augsburg in 1768, a collection of fi ve Miserere and one Stabat Mater, that “everything that fl owed from my howsoever un- industrious pen for the sake of God may not be forgotten nor lost” is being met by this CD with premiere performances given in 1997 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death. Madlseder was born on 20 June 1730 in Meran. He attended the secondary school in Hall and continued his studies at  the Augustinian  convent in  Polling  near  Weilheim (Bavaria) and the secondary school of the Benedictines in Freising. In 1749 he entered the Benedictine monastery in Andechs as a novice. There, as he recounts in the printed edition of his opus I, he had the privilege of being taught by the highly esteemed music teacher  P.  Gregor  Schreyer (1719-1767),  whose  course was based on the principles of  counterpoint  of  Johann Joseph Fux, the director of the Viennese court music ensemble. After the death of his teacher, Madlseder succeeded him as the choirmaster (who conducts the  multi-part  voices  and orchestra) and music teacher of Andechs Monastery, thus continuing to stay in Bavaria. Madlseder  seems  to  have visited Stams Monastery in 1768; on 22 October Abbot Vigilius Kranicher’s invoice book lists: “H. Madlseder for 1 mass 4 fl . 12. kr.” The mass in question is the great Mass in A Minor preserved in the monastery’s  music  archive along with his Salve Regina and his Te Deum. Madlseder died on 3 April 1797 in Andechs, where he had been the sub-prior for the last years of his life. In published documentary sources he is lauded as a famous music theorist and one of the first contrapuntists of his age.

Track 23, 3:41
Te Deum
Judex Crederis
Nonnosus Madlseder