Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow

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Born: November 13, 1663; Leipzig, Germany   Died: August 7, 1712; Halle, Germany  
Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow found importance in his day as a composer of keyboard music and church cantatas, but today his name arises almost exclusively as a teacher of Handel. He himself had gone to school in Leipzig, perhaps at the school for children of poor families, and he got a good training in organ. When Zachow reached his teens, his family moved to Eilenburg, where he continued his education.

Just before his twenty-first
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Although a substantial portion of Zachow's catalog has been lost and the remaining works are not always easy to date, one could almost use his compositions to trace the development of German church cantatas from Heinrich Schutz to J.S. Bach. There are examples of the old "sacred concerto," the more madrigal-like cantata form favored during Bach's time, and various elements that fall between those two quite different styles. Unlike Bach, Zachow had little use for simple chorales in the cantatas; his choral writing was in four or more rich parts and includes some sort of accompaniment. In contrast, chorales form the basis of most of Zachow's organ music, including chorale fugues that likely influenced the young Bach. Read less
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    Martin Luther: Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6074 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Michael Praetorius,  Heinrich Grimm,  Johann Hermann Schein  ... 
    Performer:  Birte Kulawik,  Michael Schaffrath,  Clemens Heidrich,  Matthias Grünert  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumenta Musica
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    Christmas Brass Festival / Ernst, Schweriner Blechblaser Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98019 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Michael Praetorius,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Ernst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schweriner Brass Collegium
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    Zachow: Christmas Cantatas / Backes, Remy, Accademia Amsterdam
    Label: Quintone   Catalog: 10001 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow
    Conductor:  Ludger Rémy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Accademia Amsterdam,  Capella Frisiae
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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    Zachow, Handel: Easter Cantatas / Klapprott, Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777643-2 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow,  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Thuringia,  Cantus Thuringia
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    Jauchze, Jubilier Und Singe
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300149 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Theile,  Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Francesco Durante  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Katschner,  Dorothea Kohler,  Ludwig Güttler,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild
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