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Franciszek Lilius

Franciszek Lilius

ca. 1600-1657

Franciszek Lilius, died before 26 September 1657 in Gromnik next to Tarnów, a composer, kapellmeister, Vincenzo’s son, perhaps born already in Poland. Before 1630 he was a member of the royal ensemble in Warsaw, from where in January 1630 he came to Cracow, employed as a kapellmeister of the Wawel Cathedral. In Cracow he became an undisputed musical authority, he performed with the ensemble at the proceedings of the Royal Academy and for the richer townspeople. Additionally, he instituted in his own home a kind of music academy. Lilius educated soprano boys, who were sought by baronial ensembles, and even the royal ensemble. He lived luxuriously, which induced him to chase new prebendaries (canonry at the collegiate church in Sandomierz. rector in Zębocin, canonry in Tarnów). It is not clear, whether Lilius received the orders of priesthood, or only the diaconate. He kept in close contact with barons (Ł. and K Opaliński, S. Lubomirski, D. Zasławski and others), whom he provided with compositions, as well as graced the proceedings with the playing of the ensemble. He died next to Tarnów, where he escaped during the Swedish invasion.


Zygmunt Marian Szweykowski, Encyclopedia of Music PWM, KLŁ