Wacław z Szamotuł (1520 – c. 1560), also
called Wacław Szamotulski and (in Latin)
Venceslaus Samotulinus, was a Polish composer.
Wacław z Szamotuł was a student at the
Lubrański Academy in Poznań later studying at
Kraków University in 1538. In 1547 or 1548 he was
appointed composer to the court of Sigismund II
Augustus. In 1555 Wacław left Kraków, having
received the title of "royal composer." Nevertheless,
during Szamotuly's lifetime his music was known outside
He died early, and only a few of his works survive. In
the words of Szymon Starowolski, who wrote the first
concise biography of Wacław, "If the gods had let
him live longer, the Poles would have no need to envy
the Italians their Palestrina, Lappi or Vedana."
His motets In te Domine speravi and Ego sum pastor
bonus were the first Polish musical compositions to be
published abroad. According to Gustave Reese,
Wacław's style may be seen in both of these
motets; "the constant overlapping of phrases and
full-fledged imitative style reveal
Although originally composed for Chorus (SATB), I
created this Interpretation of his early works for
Double-Reed Quartet (2 Oboes, English Horn & Bassoon).