Gregor Aichinger

Biography

Born: 1564; Regensburg, Germany   Died: January 21, 1628; Augsburg, Germany  
Aside from producing exceptionally well-written, practical works, Gregor Aichinger stood out among the German musicians of his time for his early use of the "basso continuo" in his compositions and their titles (Divinae siasticae cum basso generali et continuo, for example). Little is known about his early years, but records indicate that he enrolled in the University of Ingolstadt in 1578, then accepted an appointment as the established organist Read more to Jakob Fugger in 1584, which he kept until his death in 1628. He also studied with Giovanni Gabrieli in Venice, beginning in the mid- to late 1580s, at the University of Siena (1586), again at the University of Ingolstadt (1588), and at the University of Perugia (1599). Influenced by Heinrich von Knöringen, Aichinger made a decision to enter the priesthood and was simultaneously granted the positions of choir vicar and clergyman at San Maria Magdalena sometime between 1600 - 1603, and the latter post at the college of St. Gertraud in Augsburg shortly there after.

Aichinger composed during his student days, and also during his career as a priest; he even wrote spiritual contemplations toward the end of his career -- for example, Thymiama sacerdotale (1618). Primarily written with an airy quality and graceful rhythms, for groups of five voices or less, his compositions are a combination of both the Italian and German manners in their application of traditional technique and their experimentation with concerto style. It was in works written in 1607 and onward that the continuo part is found, and with frequency; these titles include Enconmium verbo incarnato (1617), Quercus dodonaea (1619), Corolla eucharistica (1621), and Flores musici ad mendam SS convivii (1626). Most of his works, such as Sacrae cantiones (1590), Odaria lectissima (1600), Vulnera Christi, a D. Bernardo salutata (1606), Vespertinum virginis canticum sive Magnificat (1603) and Virginalia: laudes aeternae Virginis Mariae (1607), however, do not contain this innovation. His works are not readily available on recordings. Read less
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    Geistliche Musik Fur Ein Ganzes Jahr (Sacred Music For The Entire Year) / Kreile, Dresdner Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300332 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Caspar Horn,  Sethus Calvisius,  Samuel Seidel  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Herrmann,  Georg Guldner,  Franz Lindner,  Felix Morgner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roderich Kreile
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Sagittariana
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    Nun Lob Mein Seel Den Herren
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232430 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt,  Heinrich Schütz,  Hans Leo Hassler,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
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    Kreuzchorverspern - Geistliche Musik aus Dresden / Dresden Kreuzchor
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 16482 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Johann Walter,  Gregor Aichinger,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Kreuz Choir
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    Orion Saxophone Quartet With Special Guest Harvey Pittel
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2455 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Le Jeune,  Gregor Aichinger,  Charles Ruggiero  ... 
    Performer:  Harvey Pittel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orion Saxophone Quartet
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    I Sing Of A Maiden - A Mosaic Of Motets To The Virgin Mary
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49111 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jirí Ropek,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  David Conte,  Leo Nestor  ... 
    Performer:  Frederick J. Gleason,  Patrick S. Corbett,  Scott Wood,  Lawrence Oates  ... 
    Conductor:  Leo Nestor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Brass,  National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir
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    Te Deum Laudamus / Konrad Ruhland, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60096 Release Date: 02/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus,  Bernardino Borlasca,  Gregor Aichinger,  Jacob Handl  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Ruhland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Capella Antiqua,  Niederaltaich Scholars
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    Gregorian Choral
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4319 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Anonymous,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Performer:  Patar Cornelius Winiger,  Bernhard Marx
    Conductor:  Daniel Meier,  Dr. Rudolf Pohl
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