He was one of the most important keyboard composers of his day, highly esteemed by, among others, George Frideric Handel. A prolific composer of church and secular music, he published several dozen of his works, and others survive in manuscript. However, hundreds more were lost when Zittau was destroyed by fire in , during the Seven Years' War. Krieger's keyboard music places him among the most important German composers of his time.
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Learn more and set cookies Close. Digital Sheet Music. Create a playlist. Public Not listed Private. Other german artists. Search by criteria :. See less. Genres Baroque 99 Classical 2 Traditional 1. Composer Johann Krieger. Arrangers bernard-dewagtere France, Erchin Edson-Lopes Brazil. Buy sheet music books Krieger, Johann. Johann Krieger - Johann Krieger 28 December ?
He was one of the most important keyboard composers of his day, highly esteemed by, among others, George Frideric Handel. After spending several decades in central Germany, Krieger moved to Zittau, where he spent some 53 years, working as organist of the Church of St. He was a prolific composer of church and secular music, and published several dozens of his works. However, much of his work was lost when Zittau was destroyed by fire in , during the Seven Yea rs' War. Neither are related to Adam Krieger, another Baroque composer.
Sebaldus, and sang in the choir there for several years. In ? His older brother's development was different, for Johann Philipp studied with a Froberger pupil, Johann Drechsel. However, for about a decade from the two brothers' lives shared the same course.
In both Kriegers studied composition at Zeitz. In Johann Philipp moved to Bayreuth and became court organist there. He very quickly rose to the rank of Kapellmeister, and was succeeded as court organist by Johann. In Johann Philipp was employed as court organist at Halle, and Johann soon became chamber musician at Zeitz, a city some 30 miles away. He then attained the position of Kapellmeister at Greiz a further 30 miles south from Zeitz.
He then moved far to the east, to Zittau, to become director chori musici and organist of the Church of St. John Johanniskirche there. He held the post for 53 years, until his death. The Zittau position evidently suited the composer.
The church stood in the center of the city and was one of the most important churches of Zittau. It had several organs, providing ample opportunity to experiment. There was no opera house in Zittau, but Krieger's Singspiels were, nevertheless, performed, by the pupils of the city's Gymnasium.
Soon after getting the Zittau position, Krieger started publishing his music. The first to appear was Neue musicalische Ergetzligkeit, a large collection of arias and songs for one to four voices, published in in Frankfurt and Leipzig. Krieger died on 18 July at the advanced age of According to Johann Mattheson, whose Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte remains the main source for biographical detail on Krieger, the composer was active until the very end of his life, still performing at a service on 17 July , the day before he died.
John is no longer standing. Among the numerous lost works are all of Krieger's known Singspiels. His older brother's oeuvre also suffered from events that occurred after his death: of some cantatas by Johann Phillip, only 76 survive. Ricercares and fugues of this collection display a penchant for contrapuntal complexity. Most of the ricercares consistently employ inversion of the subject, and No. The fugues have been compared to Bach's in their structural traits: a restriction to one subject, attention to the individual character of the subject and the answer, and prominent use of episodes.
Fugues 11? Krieger's skill in writing double fugues was a characteristic singled out by Mattheson: 'of the old excellent masters, I know of none who surpasses the Zittau Kapellmeister Johann Krieger in [writing double fugues]. Toccata mit dem Pedal aus C?
Noted keyboard music scholar Willi Apel called the piece 'perhaps the only fully-developed toccata written in central Germany before Bach', although a Pachelbel pupil, Johann Heinrich Buttstett, attempted a fusion of North and Central German styles in his toccatas as well. The harpsichord dances of Sechs musicalische Partien are less important historically, and so are the surviving vocal works by Krieger, which are conservative in style; however, some of the cantatas occasionally include advanced imitative writing reminiscent of Krieger's best fugues.
Handel in his youth formed himself a good deal on his plan, and said that Krieger was one of the best writers of his time for the Organ. Read all. More information. Skills Define one or more skills -- Followers members follow this artist None follower for the moment.
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6 Musikalische Partien (Krieger, Johann)