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Johannes Schenck

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Johannes Schenck (1660 – ca. 1716) was a Dutch musician and composer.

Schenck was born in Amsterdam in 1660 where he was baptised on 3 June into the Reformed Church. He became a renowned virtuoso viola da gamba player.

His compositions included music for a Dutch Singspiel, Bacchus Ceres en Venus, from which songs were published in 1687, as well as works for the viola da gamba.

Around 1696 he accepted an appointment to the court of Elector Palatine Johann Wilhelm II in Düsseldorf although after Johann Wilhelm’s death in 1716, the electoral court moved to Mannheim.

There is some uncertainty about the date of Schenck’s death as there is no mention found in the Düsseldorf Protestant church records or parish and cemetery records in Amsterdam although he is no longer mentioned in the list of court musicians compiled in 1717.

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