Johann Ludwig Krebs

Biography

Born: October 12, 1713; Buttelstedt, Germany   Died: January 1, 1780; Altenburg, Germany  
Johann Ludwig Krebs was a composer whose career spanned the end of the Baroque and beginning of the Classical era. In many respects, it typifies the problems many musicians had in coping with the drastic change of style this implies. Since he was an exceptionally skilled writer of counterpoint, he might have ended up with considerably wider fame if he had been born 20 years earlier.

Johann Ludwig was the son of Johann Tobias Krebs, the
Read more organist of Buttelstedt, near Weimar, who had studied with Bach. Father taught son organ, harmony, theory, and counterpoint. The lad was sent to enter the Thomasschule in Leipzig, where Bach was music director. Krebs general studies and lessons in singing, lute, violin, and keyboard. He remained a singer in Bach's choir until 1730.

Krebs attended the University of Leipzig from 1735 to 1737, took part on an as-needed basis in Bach's choir at the Thomaskirche and was the harpsichord player in the university's collegium musicum, which was also directed by Bach. Krebs left Leipzig in 1737 to take a position as organist of the Marienkirche in Zwickau, an ill-paid job playing an equally ill-maintained organ. While there, he met and married Johanna Sophie Nackens, daughter of a civil servant there. Soon, they had the first of their children, Johann Gottfried Krebs (1741 - 1814), an organist who wrote a large number of cantatas in his long-standing tenure as Mittelorganist or Stadtkantor of Altenberg. In 1744, Krebs moved to Zeitz to become organist there for 12 years. He tried unsuccessfully to become Bach's successor. In 1755, he accepted a position as organist to the court of Prince Friedrich of Gotha-Altenberg. The organ was better, the court was more exalted, but the pay was little improvement. Still, he continued to get by and retained the post until death. Family finances were somewhat helped when Johann Gottfried became his assistant organist.

Krebs had a very high reputation among his contemporaries. Bach held him in high regard, punning on both their names ( Krebs [crab or crayfish] and Bach [brook or stream]) by saying "He is the only crayfish in my stream." It is not surprising that many of his works, especially his organ compositions, are very much like those of Bach. His harpsichord music is probably what was best-known of his work in his own time, published extensively, particularly in four volumes of Clavier Ubung. Krebs also wrote significant quantities of orchestral and choral music. His name and music contributed to one of the most delicious inside jokes in movie music history. To echo the on-screen motion of the giant crab in the film Mysterious Island, with its independently moving legs, Bernard Herrmann orchestrated a cancrizan (i.e. crab-motion) fugue by the "crab" composer, Krebs. Read less
Johann Ludwig Krebs: Orchestral Works And Cantatas
Release Date: 11/12/2013   Label: Querstand  
Catalog: 1306   Number of Discs: 4
On sale! $33.98
CD: $27.99
In Stock
On sale!   $33.98   CD:  $27.99 Add CD to Cart

Browse 1-25 of 87 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4
  • 1.
    Flute Music By Bach's Students
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 80802 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Philipp Kirnberger,  Johann Goldberg,  Karl Friedrich Abel,  Johann Ludwig Krebs  ... 
    Performer:  Wilbert Hazelzet,  Jaap ter Linden,  Jacques Ogg
    On sale!
    CD: $13.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!     CD:  $13.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 2.
    Johann Ludwig Krebs: Orchestral Works And Cantatas
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1306 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Gesine Adler,  Britta Schwarz,  Tobias Hunger,  Tobias Berndt  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schönheit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Collegium Vocale,  Merseburger Hofmusik
    Recommendation
    On sale! $33.98
    CD: $27.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $33.98   CD:  $27.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 3.
    Orgelkonzert, Vol. 2
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Nicolaus Bruhns  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Suss
    On sale! $20.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $20.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 4.
    Johann Ludwig Krebs: Exercises Sur Le Clavecin
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3297 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Brad Bennight
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $19.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 5.
    Johann Ludwig Krebs: Complete Works For Organ, Vol. 11
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1123 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Felix Friedrich
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Christmas Trumpet In St. Augustin
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 6613 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Gernot Kahofer,  Elke Eckerstorfer,  Gunter Haumer,  Elisabeth Wimmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna "St Augustin" Orchestra,  Vienna "St Augustin" Chorus
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $18.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Johann Ludwig Krebs At 300 - Harpsichord Music / Pechefsky
    Label: Quill Classics   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Rebecca Pechefsky
    Recommendation
    On sale! $16.98
    CD: $14.99
    On Order
    On sale!   $16.98   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    The Metzler Organ In St. Jakob Friedberg
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12008 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Morandi,  Georg Muffat,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schnur
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 9.
    Trumpet & Organ / Maurice André, Jane Parker-smith
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6365602 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Hedwig Bilgram,  Maurice André,  Alfred Mitterhofer,  Jane Parker-Smith
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    Organs Of Edinburgh
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34100 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Alfred Hollins,  Louis Vierne,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen,  Thomas Laing-Reilly,  Andrew Caskie,  Duncan Ferguson  ... 
    Recommendation
    On sale! $87.98
    CD: $78.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $87.98   CD:  $78.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 11.
    J.g. Goldberg: Kantaten; J.l. Bach: Missa Brevis; J.l. Krebs: Magnificat
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 317 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Ludwig Bach
    Performer:  Lieven Termont,  Sophie Karthäuser,  Stephan Van Dyck
    Conductor:  Florian Heyerick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Tempore
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 12.
    Freu Dich Sehr, O Meine Seele / Christian Brembeck
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 419 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Brembeck
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 13.
    Krebs: Complete Organ Works / John Kitchen
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 400A Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  John Kitchen
    Recommendation
    On sale! $51.98
    CD: $48.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $51.98   CD:  $48.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    The Organ In Renaissance And Baroque, North German Organ Music / Leonhardt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796457 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Newman,,  Elias Nikolaus Ammerbach,  Taylor,,  John Blitheman  ... 
    Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
    Recommendation
    CD: $21.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $21.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 15.
    Himmelsklange - Historische Orgel Zu Niederndodeleben
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1101 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Kuhnau,  Georg Böhm  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Jordan
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    Oboe & Organ - Baroque Fantasies / Diego Fasolis, Omar Zoboli
    Label: Divox   Catalog: 25227 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel  ... 
    Performer:  Omar Zoboli,  Diego Fasolis
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Orgels In De Alblasserwaard En Vijfheerenlanden, Vol. 1
    Label: Jubal   Catalog: 99223 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottfried Walther,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Israel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  André de Jager,  Kees Geluk,  Leo Terlouw,  Henk Van Egmond  ... 
    On sale! $25.98
    CD: $20.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $25.98   CD:  $20.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    The Craighead-saunders Organ
    Label: Loft Recordings   Catalog: 1115 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Christian Kittel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Davidsson,  William Porter,  David Higgs
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 19.
    Label: D.e. Versluis   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kees Geluk,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Martin Luther,  Christian Heinrich Rinck  ... 
    Performer:  Kees Geluk,  Chiel-Jan Van Hofwegen,  Maarten Van Werkhoven,  Jan Dekker  ... 
    On sale! $25.98
    CD: $20.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $25.98   CD:  $20.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Krebs: Chamber Sonatas / Ildiko Kertesz, Geoffrey Thomas
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60214 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs
    Performer:  Geoffrey Thomas,  Ildikó Kertész
    Recommendation
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 21.
    Kees Geluk In Concert
    Label: D.e. Versluis   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  César Franck,  Maurice Duruflé,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kees Geluk
    On sale! $25.98
    CD: $20.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $25.98   CD:  $20.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    Garrels-orgel Marekerk Leiden
    Label: D.e. Versluis   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Adam Reincken,  Pablo Bruna  ... 
    Performer:  Henk Gijzen
    On sale! $25.98
    CD: $20.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $25.98   CD:  $20.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 104136 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Ludwig Krebs,  Johann Michael Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Vernet
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $17.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 24.
    Bach Trumpet Gala, Vol. 1
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232123 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  JJ Beauvarl.-Charpentier,  Gelasius Hiebler,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Arnold Mehl
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    Bach Trompeten Gala
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232243 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  JJ Beauvarl.-Charpentier,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Leopold Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Franz Lehrndorfer,  Edgar Krapp,  Hedwig Bilgram
    Conductor:  Arnold Mehl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach-Trompetenensemble Munchen
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2 3 4