Personalities | Georg Christoph Wagenseil | Classical Era | Classical

(Ga’-ôrg Kres’-tof Va’-gen-zil) 1715–77
Austrian composer

A Viennese, and a pupil of Johann Joseph Fux (1660–1741), Wagenseil obtained a post as court composer in 1739 and held it all his life. His early compositions are largely sacred music, including richly scored, elaborately written Masses, and in 1745–50 he wrote several operas. He is principally important for his instrumental music, consisting of 15 keyboard sonatas, keyboard concertos (mostly on a chamber-music scale) and a large number of symphonies, central to the form’s development in Vienna.

Recommended Recording:
Symphonies, L’Orfeo Barockorchester (cond) Michi Gaigg (CPO)

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