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Johann Friedrich Fasch


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Johann Friedrich Fasch (April 15, 1688 – December 5, 1758) was a German composer.

He was born in Buttelstädt, was a choirboy in Weissenfels and studied under Johann Kuhnau at the Thomasschule in Leipzig (he later founded a Collegium Musicum in the city). He then traveled throughout Germany, becoming a violinist in the orchestra in Bayreuth in 1714, and also holding court posts in Greiz and Lukavec. In 1722 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Zerbst, a post he held until his death.

His works include cantatas, concertos, symphonies and chamber music. None of his pieces were printed in his lifetime, and a large number of his vocal works, including four operas, have been lost. However, he was held in high regard by his contemporaries (Johann Sebastian Bach made manuscript copies of a number of his pieces), and he is today considered an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods.

Fasch died in Zerbst at the age of 70.

Johann Friedrich Fasch was the father of Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, also a musician.


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  • TomR

    New album plz

    6 Apr 10:45pm Reply
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  • Slim_rafa

    der cara

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Emmelsbuell

    ich liebe die Musik....

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • Synesthesis

    Agree with KraeheK, Fasch was very talented composer, I prefer his Guitar Concerto in D minor and Bassoon concertos they are abso engrossing!

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sherwinjtb

    I'd assume Haydn took over in 1758 after Fasch's death as Kapellmeister.

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • KraeheK

    One of the best of the underrated Germans. Fasch, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Fux, plenty more to German baroque than Bach.

    5 Jun 2009 Reply

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