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Karl Heinrich Biber
1681 - 1749
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K.H. Biber
Karl [Carl] Heinrich Biber (04/09/1681 - 19/11/1749), an Austrian composer; son of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Karl Heinrich was a chamber servant at Salzburg. He was promoted to Vice-Kapellmeister in 1714, made teacher in the Choirboys Institute from 1726 to 1744, promoted again to Kapellmeister in 1743 and made Lord High Steward in 1746. Many of Karl Biber's compositions are preserved in the Salzburg Cathedral archives.
Carl Heinrich Biber (04/09/1681 - 19/11/1749), born and died in Salzburg, was a late Baroque violinist and composer. He was the sixth son of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. He got his first musical education from him. In 1704, he made a study trip to Venice and Rome, important centers of the music. After his return, he was employed as a violinist and valet and from 1714, he was appointed Vicekapellmeister at the Salzburg court. In 1743, he succeeded Hofkapellmeister Matthias Sigismund Biechteler (1668?1743) and he was also supervisor of Leopold Mozart. He belongs to the generation of composers who represented stylistic transition between composers committed to the older, late Baroque style ideal and rococo composers. His work consists mainly of masses and other liturgical works that also include instrumental church sonatas. The latter are mostly string sonatas with organ accompaniment, seldom brass and woodwind instruments. However, the quality of Carl Heinrich's works doesn't reach the quality of his father's works.
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
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Source:Dagny Wegner, Requiemvertonungen in Frankreich zwischen 1670 und 1850, Hamburg, 2005