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FRANTIŠEK SUŠIL

(*14.6.1804 Rousínov, nr. Slavkov +31.5.1968 Bystřice pod Hostýnem)


Moravian priest, folksong collector and literary scholar

He was educated at Kroměříž, Baroque music centre. In 1827 he settled to Brno. He was interested in Moravian and Silesian folklore. By 1835 he published the first folksong collection in Moravia Moravian Folksongs (Brno 1835, rev. And enlarged in 1840). It contains 2091 tunes and 2361 texts. It includes all kind of folksongs: dances-songs, ballads, ceremonial songs and others. He use the abstract metres used in Classical music - mostly 2/4 or 3, but it is not real time organisation of the Moravian folklore. This collection became regardless a good source for other musicologists in future (Dvořák, Janáček, Martinů, Novák).