Bartłomiej Pękiel was one of the most eminent Polish composers of the
seventeenth century. From the time Marco Scacchi was Kapellmeister at the
Chapel Royal at Warsaw, Pękiel was assistant at the same chapel, and was
Kapellmeister himself from 1649-1655 following Scacchi's departure. When he
died in c. 1670, he was probably Kapellmeister at the cathedral in Cracow (Wawel),
a post he had held since the death of his predecessor Franciszek Lilius in
1657. All Pękiel's works are found in manuscript sources only, with the
exception of the canons which are of less artistic merit. These were
published in Xenia Apollinea, a musical supplement to Marco Scacchi's
polemical Cribrum Musicum, printed in Venice in 1643.
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