Trnka—who? Mistaken attributions and their effects

It is not surprising that music bibliographers find it difficult enough to distinguish between composers with common names, but that this also happens with somewhat rarer names is something we are going to illustrate today using an example from the RISM A/I series (works by a single composer printed to 1800).

RISM A/I number T 1262 (RISM ID no. 992002574) is a volume of twelve three-part canons by the composer and doctor Wenzel Trnka von Krzowitz (1739-1791). This man is not unknown to musicology because he created, among other things, the musical model for Mozart's notorious canon KV 233 (382d) (see Wolfgang Plath's essay on the subject, cited in RISM as PlathT 1991, or Trnka's article on Wikipedia). In the supplement volume to A/I, another twelve four-voice canons (TT 1262a; RISM ID no. 991004429) are by the same Trnka.

The
Rondoletta for piano four-hands, also attributed to Wenzel Trnka in the supplement volume, does not seem to fit the mold, though (TT 1262b; RISM ID no. 991011408). One thing that jumps out right away is the opus number 29, which makes you automatically wonder where the other 28 are. The answer is relatively simple. This is a different Trnka, with the similar first and middle names Johann Wenzel (1782-after 1849). Not much is known about this Trnka, however, as you can tell by looking at the old article in MGG 1. He actually should not even be a case for RISM A/I, given how late his year of birth is. Plath also noted the potential for confusion and states that "there are no scholarly publications about Trnka —neither this one nor the other Trnka— that one could have built upon" (p. 252).

A bit of searching in the publisher's catalogs by Alexander Weinmann, the Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK), the Hofmeister Monatsberichten, the Wiener Zeitung, etc. quickly results in a filled-out list that also goes beyond opus 29.  
Trnka research is hereby open! Additions are always welcome.

Wenzel Johann Trnka (1782 - after 1849)

Without opus number

Title

Publisher

Year

Source found / Note

-

12 Danses Villageoises, pf 4hands, [1me Livraison?]

Diabelli (PN ?)

1821

WeinmannC 1983 | MGG1

-

12 Danses Villageoises, pf 4hands, 2me Livraison

Diabelli (PN 851)

 1821/22

WeinmannC 1983 (A-Wgm) | MGG1

-

12 Böhmische National-Ländler mit Trios, pf

Cappi & Diabelli (PN 1189)

 1823

WZ: 26.2.1824

WeinmannC 1983 (A-Wgm) | MGG1 | D-B (Imagekat I)

-

Grande Polonaise, pf

Diabelli

 

MGG1

-

8 Allemandes

Pennauer

1827

MGG1 | WeinmannP 1981

-

Elegante Walzer

Weigl

WZ: 19.2.1829

Possibly op. 19 / 20

(Teil von 16?)

Marsch des löbl Inf.Rgt. Gr. Giulay, pf 4hands

Sauer & Leidesdorf (PN?)

1825

WeinmannS 1972

17?

12 Walzer, Czakan

Leidesdorf (PN?)

1830

WeinmannS 1972

-

Galopp, Pfte

Leidesdorf (PN?)

1835

WeinmannS 1972

-

Soirée-Galop mit Trio, pf

Weigl (PN 2902)

1830

HofmeisterMB |D-B (Imagekat I)

-

Pickenick-Galopp sammt Trio, pf 4hands?

Weigl (PN 2816)

WZ: 19.2.1829

WeinmannW 1982 | D-B (Imagekat I)

-

Sicheres Geleite, Gedicht v. Adolph Berger, V, pf, arp/guit

Lyra (Wien) Jg. 1, 1839, Nr 30.

1839

A-Wn

-

Des Hauses letzte Stunde, V, pf

B & H

1840?

US-LOs

-

Die nächtliche Heerschau

B & H

1839?

US-LOs

-

Galoppe (Klänge des Frohsinns Heft 7)

Berka & Comp.

WZ: 7.2.1835

 

Opus

 

 

 

 

1-9

?

 

 

 

10

Seconde Polonaise brillant

Pennauer

1826

A-Wst | WeinmannP 1981

11

12 Walzer, pf

Sauer & Leidesdorf (PN 859)

1826

MGG1 | WeinmannS 1972 (A-Wgm)

12

Marche funebre a l’occacion de la mort S.M. Alexandre I, Empereur de Russie, pf 4hands

Weigl (PN 2507)

1825?

WeinmannW 1982 | D-B (Imagekat I)

13

6 Polonaises, pf

Weigl (PN 2510)

WZ: 22.8.1826

PL-Tu | D-B (Imagekat I)

14

Jubel-Marsch zur Feyer der Wiedergenesung des Landesvaters im März 1826, pf 4hands

Weigl (PN 2511)

1826

WeinmannW 1982|D-B (Imagekat I)

15

6 charakteristische Ländler, pf

Weigl (PN 2515)

1826

WeinmannW 1982 | A-Wst | D-B (Imagekat I)

16

3 große Märsche d. löbl Inf.Rgt.60, pf 4hands

Sauer & Leidesdorf (PN 929)

WZ: 21.9.1826

WeinmannS 1972 | D-Dl

17

12 Walzer für Czakan und Pianoforte

?

Bei Haslinger z.h.

WZ: 27.2.1827

Not in Weinmann Hasl.!

18

Die Hirtenschalmei,
6 Ländler, pf

Weigl (PN ?)

1827

WeinmannW 1982

19

6 Walzer samt Trio, pf

Weigl (PN ? )

1827

WeinmannW 1982

20

12 Walzer, pf

Weigl (PN ?)

1827

WeinmannW 1982

21

Großer Parademarsch d. löbl. Inf.Rgt.60, pf 4hands

Leidesdorf (PN 956)

WZ: 25.6.1827

WeinmannS 1972 | D-B (Imagekat I)

22

6 Gedichte (Um Mitternacht, Rheinweinlied, Geisternähe, Petrarchische Bettler-Ode, Vergißmeinnicht, Der Traum) V, pf

Weigl (PN ?)

WZ: 27.4.1827

WeinmannW 1982

23

12 Walzer, pf, Csakan

Leidesdorf (PN ?)

1827

WeinmannS 1972

24

6 Ländler mit Trios, Czakan, pf

Leidesdorf

1828

WeinmannS 1972

25

12 Walzer, pf

Leidesdorf (PN ?)

1828

WeinmannS 1972

26

3 militärische Märsche, pf 4hands

Weigl (PN 2786|2787|2788)

1828?

D-B (Imagekat I)

27

Rondino (G), pf 4hands

Weigl (PN 2862)

1829

HofmeisterMB | D-B (Imagekat I)

28

Walses brilliantes et caracteristique av. Trios, pf

Weigl (PN 2700)

1828?

D-B (Imagekat I)

29

Rondoletta/o, pf 4hands

Leidesdorf (PN 1120 oder 1119)

1829

WeinmannS 1972 (A-Wgm) | RISM TT 1262b | Hofmeister MB | D-Dl

30

Walses elegantes, pf

Weigl (PN 2847)

1829

WeinmannW 1982 | Hofmeister MB |D-B (Imagekat I)

31

?

 

 

 

32

?

 

 

 

33

Sentimentale Ländler, pf

Mollo (PN 1971)

1829

MGG1 | WeinmannM 1964 (A-Wgm)

34

?

 

 

 

35

Rondino, pf 4hands

Leidesdorf  (PN 1183)

1829

MGG1 | WeinmannS 1972 | A-Wn

36

12 Allemandes, pf

Leidesdorf (PN ?)

1830

WeinmannS 1972 | HofmeisterMB

37

6 Danses Villageoises, pf 4hd

Weigl

1830

Hofmeister MB

38

Valses plaisantes, pf

Leidesdorf (PN 1211)

1830

WeinmannS 1972 | A-Wn

39

?

 

 

 

40

3 Defilir-Märsche d. löbl. k.k. Inf.Reg.Pr. Gustav v. Wasa, pf

Leidesdorf (PN 1273)

1832

D-B (Imagekat I)

41

Großer Festmarsch (E), pf

Witzendorf

?

Rottensteiner2013

42

Valses plaisentes

Witzendorf

?

Rottensteiner2013

 

Abbreviations:
D-B (Imagekat I): Alphabetischer Imagekatalog I der Musikabteilung
HofmeisterMB: Hofmeister Monatsberichte online
MGG1: Hilde Hellmann-Stojan, "Trnka, Johann Wenzel," Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, ed. by Friedrich Blume, vol. 13, clmn. 716
Rottensteiner 2013: Birgit Rottensteiner, "Die Anfänge des vierhändigen Klavierspiels in Wien," thesis, Universität Wien, 2013
WeinmannX 19XX: Complete publisher's catalog (of any given publisher. Abbreviations are as they are in RISM).
WZ: Wiener Zeitung, searchable online through ANNO

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