Johann Georg Albrechtsberger

Biography

Born: February 3, 1736; Klosterneuburg, Austria   Died: March 7, 1809; Vienna, Austria  
Albrechtsberger is a rare example of an immensely prolific composer and celebrated performer whose work as an inspired teacher overshadowed his own musical accomplishments. This was a time of transition the Baroque style to the Classical world of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. Essentially, Albrechtsberger is more esteemed for the standards he set than for his large (over 600 works) oeuvre. According to Haydn, Albrechtsberger was the best Read more composition teacher in Vienna; he was a friend of Mozart, and Beethoven studied with him from 1794 to 1795.

From the age of seven, Albrechtsberger was a choirboy with the Augustinians in Klosterneuburg, where he studied organ and composition. In 1765, he settled in Vienna and, after a series of posts as organist, became Assistant Kapellmeister at St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1791, On Mozart's recommendation he was made kapellmeister in 1793.

From 1772 onwards, Albrechtsberger composed 284 church works, 278 keyboard works (mainly organ) and over 240 for other instrumental combinations. The instrumental compositions, both sacred and secular, helped build a bridge between earlier polyphonic and later styles. The vocal works, including oratorios, are developed in original ways from Baroque church sonatas.

Albrechtsberger's influence as a teacher extended to the great Austrian composers of his time. His ideas were presented in his famous Treatise on Composition (1790), a clearly written and accessible work in which he formulated eighteenth-century theory. His arrangements of the works of many important composers, from Palestrina to Mozart, link, so to speak, the Renaissance with Classicism. Read less
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  • 1.
    Serenade for Dieter Klocker, Vol. 2 / Consortium Classicum
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3011967 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Josef Myslivecek,  Friedrich Wilhelm Grund,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Klöcker,  Gerhard Herrmann,  Klaus Wallendorf,  Günter Klaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl
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    Gassenhauer At Esterhazy Palace
    Label: Orlando Records (Classical)   Catalog: 21 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Joseph Weigl  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Holzapfel
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    Romantic Harp Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95167 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Boieldieu,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf  ... 
    Performer:  Charlotte Balzereit,  Giselle Herbert,  Marc Grauwels,  Jutta Zoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt,  Bernard Labadie,  Siegfried Kurz,  Vladislav Czarnecki
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  • 4.
    Beethoven And His Teachers
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 14542 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Philharmonisches Streichtrio Dresden
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    Fiori Musicali
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 190 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Lorena Espina,  Alexandra Uhlig,  Robert Buschek,  Klemens Sander  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Birnbaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baroque Ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Alvars, Albrechtsberger, Saint-saëns: Harp Concertos / Elizabeth Hainen
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2221 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elias Parish Alvars,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Elizabeth Hainen
    Conductor:  Rossen Milanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven And His Teachers: Music For Piano Four Hands / Bryant, Rachmanov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572519-20 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Christian Gottlob Neefe,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Cullan Bryant,  Dmitry Rachmanov
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  • 8.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32647 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
    Performer:  Pál Németh,  Miklos Csikos,  Piroska Vitárius,  Ottó Nagy  ... 
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    Bach: The Works For Organ / Kevin Bowyer [MP3 Format]
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1721 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann P. Kellner,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
    Conductor:  Alice Joensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Det Fynske Kammerkor
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    Quartetti Fugati / Quatuor Rincontro
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 91003 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rincontro
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    The Trumpet In Vienna - Fux, Reutter, Albrechtsberger, Etc / Otto Sauter, Nicol Matt, Et Al
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93720 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Heinrich Schmelzer,  Karl Georg von Reutter,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Johann Joseph Fux
    Performer:  Otto Sauter
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    The Early Viennese School / Demenga, Füri, Holliger, Camerata Bern
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 410599 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Matthias Georg Monn,  Joseph (?Franz) Starzer,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  Thomas Demenga,  Thomas Füri
    Conductor:  Thomas Füri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Bern
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    Orgelmusik Zur Weihnacht / Michael-christfried Winkler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 13812 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Matthias Weckmann,  Nikolaus Vetter,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Michael-Christfried Winkler
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  • 14.
    Discover - Music Of The Classical Era
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558180-81 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Roman Hoffstetter,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Kálmán Berkes,  Joseph Payne,  Phoebe Payne  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Uwe Grodd,  Mátyás Antal,  Kálmán Berkes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach: Works For Organ Vol 16 - The Clock Pieces / Bowyer
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5734 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Christian Friedrich Witt,  Johann P. Kellner  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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    Classical Concertos / Christian Lindberg, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1248 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Lindberg,  Sharon Bezaly
    Conductor:  Richard Tognetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Australian Chamber Orchestra,  Swedish Chamber Orchestra,  Swedish Wind Ensemble
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    Trombone Concerti / Alain Trudel, Northern Sinfonia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553831 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Leopold Mozart,  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Alain Trudel
    Conductor:  Alain Trudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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    Organ History - German Classicism / Arturo Sacchetti
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47111 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian H Rinck,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Ludwig Krebs  ... 
    Performer:  Arturo Sacchetti
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    Old Swedish Organs Played By Engsö, Jacobson And Fagius
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 123/125 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Gottfried Walther,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christian Ritter,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Rune Engsö,  Hans Fagius,  Lena Jacobson
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    Trumpeter Emeritus / Armando Ghitalla, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 760 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Johann Melchior Molter,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Armando Ghitalla,  James Weaver,  Alfred Zighera,  Roger Shermont  ... 
    Conductor:  John Moriarty,  Pierre Monteux,  Harold Farberman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Chamber Ensemble,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 31577 Release Date: 07/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Marcel Grandjany,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger,  Aristid von Würtzler  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Kowalczuk
    Conductor:  Aristid von Würtzler
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  • 22.
    Great Works For Harp / Nicanor Zabaleta
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 439693 Release Date: 03/14/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  François Boieldieu,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Karlheinz Zöller,  Nicanor Zabaleta,  Anka Moraver,  Guy Deplus  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernst Marzendorfer,  Paul Kuentz
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  • 23.
    German Organ Music Vol 1 / Joseph Payne
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550964 Release Date: 11/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Carl Czerny,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Payne,  Phoebe Payne
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    Trombone And Voice In The Habsburg Empire / Groop, Lindberg
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 548 Release Date: 07/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph I,  Karl Georg von Reutter,  Georg Christoph Wagenseil,  Johann Georg Albrechtsberger  ... 
    Performer:  Monica Groop,  Olof Larsson,  Christian Lindberg,  Björn Gäfvert  ... 
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  • 25.
    Basilika Birnau - Organ Duets / Bleicher, Hospach-martini
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 341941 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Franz Schubert,  Samuel Wesley,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Hospach-Martini,  Stefan Johannes Bleicher
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