Personalities | Johann Jacob Froberger | Early Baroque | Classical
(Yo’-han Ya’-kop Fro’-bâr-ger) 1616–67
Johann Jacob Froberger was the most important German harpsichord composer of the first half of the seventeenth century. In about 1637, he was appointed as imperial court organist at Vienna, and there he benefited from a sympathetic patron in Emperor Ferdinand III, who was himself a gifted musician. Soon after his appointment, Froberger took leave to study in Rome with the great keyboard virtuoso and composer Frescobaldi. Froberger spent further periods travelling to and studying in several other European courts before eventually settling in Vienna in 1653. His deeply felt Lamentation on the death of Ferdinand in 1657 suggests a warm rapport between the musician and his employer. Froberger was receptive to both Italian and French musical styles: his canzonas, toccatas and ricercares betray Italian influences, while the dance suites owe more to France.
Keyboard Music, Richard Egarr (Globe)
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