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Biography

Florian Wrastill (b nr Königgrätz , 31 March 1717; d Mariazell, 24 April 1758). Austrian composer. About 1740 he entered the Benedictine monastery of St Lambrecht in Styria. From 1749 until his death he was choir director at the pilgrimage church of Mariazell, which was under the care of his monastery, and composed music for special services there. Joseph Haydn may have sung under Wrastill when he joined the Mariazell choir during a visit there in 1749.

Wrastill's output consists largely of festive masses with orchestra and settings of the litany (the types of liturgical music most often used at a Marian shrine). His style is typical of the minor church composers of the time. (R. Federhofer-Königs: ‘Zur Musikpflege in der Wallfahrtskirche von Mariazell/Steiermark’, KJb, xli, 1957, 117–35, esp. 120)

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