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Jan Campanus Vodňanský

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Jan Campanus Vodnansky (originally Kumpan from Vodnansky, the town in which he was born) (born 1572; died 13 December 1622), Czech humanist and composer, studied at Charles University in Prague. After a series of short teaching appointments, he was made a professor at Charles University in 1601 and after twenty years, made the rector, dying the following year on December 13, 1622 in Prague. He is known for his metrical versions of the psalms modeled on the versified psalms of his colleague Vavrinec Benedikti z Nudozer. Campanus called his psalms Psalmi poenitentiales (Penitential Psalms) and published them in 1604.

He made simple four-part settings of psalms taken from the the fourth edition of his Psalmi poenitentiales (1611) and published them under the title Sacrarum odarum, libri duo, quorum prior psalmos Davidicos (Frankfurt 1618). Traces of modalism and 16th-century methods of counterpoint are found in his works. ''Rorando Coeli'' is written homophonically for double choir (antecedent) overlapping closely with the second choir (consequent) in the final section. The original was in the key of C but has been transposed to A major to provide a better tessitura for contemporary choirs.

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