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Bohemian Christmas mass by the composer Jakub Jan Ryba.

The Bohemian Christmas Mass (Czech Česká mše vánoční ) is the best-known work by the Bohemian composer Jakub Jan Ryba . It is also known by the opening verse Hej mistře and popularly as Rybovka .


The mass, composed in 1796, retains the structural features of a traditional Latin mass, but the focus is on the Bohemian character of Christmas and its interpretation and it was intentionally placed by Ryba in the Bohemian (or Czech) setting. Added to this is the fact that it is written in the Czech language. Jakub Jan Ryba was convinced that this is the only way a liturgical mass can find access to the listeners. Over time the fair has become the most popular fair in Bohemia.



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