Personalities | Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer | Early Baroque | Classical
(Yo’-han Kas’-pâr Far’-de-nant Fish’-er) 1656–1746
Fischer, who was Hofkapellmeister at the court of Baden, contributed to the dissemination of Lully’s French orchestral style with his eight suites published as Le journal du printemps (‘Spring Diary’, 1685). These follow the seventeenth-century French practice of five-part string writing, with the addition of two trumpets. Fischer was an imaginative keyboard composer, whose range of ideas is contained in his 1696 Musicalisches Blumen-Büschlein (‘Musical Bouquet’), consisting of eight dance suites for harpsichord, Ariadne musica (1702), whose preludes and fugues for organ may have provided J. S. Bach with a model for his Well-Tempered Clavier (1720), and Musicalischer Parnassus (‘Musical Parnassus’, 1738).
Musical Parnassus: Harpsichord Suites, Luc Beauséjour (Naxos)
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