New data about Saint Cecilia's Academic Society in Kamnik

  • Radovan Škrjanc
Keywords: Saint Cecilia's Academic Society, Kamnik, academies, music institutions


The purpose of the article is to jointly introduce the contents and the writings of four recently discovered documents, which speak of the origin and the activities of Saint Cecilia's Academic Society in Kamnik (Confoederation Accademicae sub invocatione S. Caeciliae V. et M.). The society was founded the 21 of June 1731. Funds for the financing of its operation, to the amount of 700 German florins, was collected by some unknown individuals. The mentioned amount was given the 1 of August 1768 to the country Kranjska, which the society guaranteed a regular income of 28 florins a year. The activities of the society firstly consisted of the performance of 12 sung masses a year, every month one, and in the following manner, that one month they sung a mass for the living members, and the following month a requiem for the deceased members. On the yearly regular assembly of the Kamnik »academics« in 1760 they doubled the amount of these masses. On top of this the society every year performed another sung mass and a solemn mass on the feast of their patroness Saint Cecilija, the performance of three masses on the three remaining feasts of the society, and the singing of 5 masses on four Ember days. Except for »regular duties«, the performance of 34 sung masses (H. H. Messen) and one solemn (Amt) a year, the society also periodically executed the requiem for a deceased member and the regular sung masses for new members, and the performing of four established masses (P. Zupan, P. Čuberl, M. Mikuliča and N. Premka). The society was dissolved in 1784, in accordance with the decree of Joseph II. and the formal status of society as church brotherhood. However on the basis of the presented documents and also the contents of the Kamnik register of 1749, which address the members of the society as »academics«, and the society itself is called »academy«, nevertheless it is possible to presume, that this society was not some habitual guild of brotherhood of regional musicians with their seat in a parish church, but moreover a select group of musical inclined Kamnik citizens, which also looked for its personal model in contemporary academic musical institutions, for example the 30 year younger Academia Philharmonicorum in Ljubljana.


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ŠkrjancR. (2001). New data about Saint Cecilia’s Academic Society in Kamnik. Musicological Annual, 37(1), 51-66.