Albin Johann Ev. Maek (also Maschek) was a Czech
composer, choirmaster and organist born in Prague,
Hlavnķ mesto Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic) in
1804 and died at the age of 73 (1878) in Prague.
Maschek came from the musical family Maek. He was the
youngest son of the organist and composer Vincenc Maek
and the brother of the composer Kapar Maek. His uncle
was the organist and composer Pavel Lambert Masek.
He received basic music education from his father and
studied cello at the Prague Conservatory but did not
finish his studies. He taught singing and playing the
piano and represented his father on the choir in the
Church of St. Nicholas Church in Prague. He became
director of the choir and organist in the church of St.
He gradually replaced other Prague churches (Church of
St. Peter in Porķcķ, Church of Our Lady before Tżn),
was choirmaster in the Jerusalem Synagogue and finally
in 1859 replaced his father on the bark in the Church
of St. Thomas. Nicholas, where he remained until his
death in 1878.
He was a very prolific composer of over 200
compositions, mostly for temple purposes. His
compositions were also very popular outside Prague.
They were found in church and monastery archives in
Trebon, Ceskż Krumlov, but also in Moravia (Brno,
Kromerķ, Novį Rķe). His most famous compositions
include the Festive Mass in D minor, composed for the
500th anniversary of the founding of Charles
University. He also composed secular music. His Hunting
Pieces in E flat major for the French Quartet are still
"Veni Sancte Spiritus", sometimes called the "Golden
Sequence", is a sequence prescribed in the Roman
Liturgy for the Masses of Pentecost and its octave,
exclusive of the following Sunday. It is usually
attributed to either the thirteenth-century Pope
Innocent III or to the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Cardinal Stephen Langton, although it has been
attributed to others as well.
"Veni Sancte Spiritus" is one of only four medieval
Sequences which were preserved in the Roman Missal
published in 1570 following the Council of Trent
(154563). Before Trent many feasts had their own
sequences. It is still sung today in some parishes on
It has been set to music by a number of composers,
especially during the Renaissance, including Dufay,
Josquin, Willaert, Palestrina, John Dunstaple, Lassus,
Victoria, and Byrd. Later composers who have set the
text include Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Frank La
Rocca, George Fenton, and Samuel Webbe.
Although originally written for Chorus (SATB) and
Organ, I created this Interpretation of "Veni Sancte
Spiritus" (Come Holy Spirit) for Winds (Flute, Oboe, Bb
Clarinet & Bassoon) & Strings (2 Violins, Viola &