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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber von Bibern
1644 - 1704
Czech Republic
H.I.F. von Biber
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber von Bibern (12/08/1644 - 03/05/1704), a Bohemian violinist and composer (from Wartenberg (Bohemia). He was for some time musical conductor at Salzburg, and was ennobled by the emperor Leopold in 1681. He is regarded as the earliest important German composer for the violin, his works including sonatas and church music.
Source:Grove's dictionary of music and musicians
Requiem in A major
Composed in:1687c
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
In memory of:Archbischop Maximilian Gandolph of Khuenburg
Label(s):Erato 4509-91725-2
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77344 2
This requiem in A major is the well-known one. The relatively large-scale forces -above all, the use of the court trumpeters- suggest that the work may have been intended for the funeral service of an important dignitary, possibly even that of Biber's employer, Archbischop Maximilian Gandolph of Khuenburg, in 1687. Certainly, the key of A major is unusual for a requiem.
Author:Berhard Trebuch
Source:booklet of cd: Requiem A15
The Bohemian composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber wrote two requiem masses, one in A major (A15) and a less grandiose one in F minor.
Contributor:Tassos Dimitriadis
Requiem in F minor
Composed in:1690
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472 77277 2
Ricercar, RIC 081063
Decca 436 460 2
This (undated) requiem is in F minor for five soloists, five-part choir, strings, trombones and basso continuo. It is preserved in manuscript in the Salzburg Cathedral archives.
Source:Contributor: Tassos Dimitriadis