Personalities | Johann Ludwig Krebs | Classical Era | Classical

(Yo’-han Lood’-vikh Kreps) 1713–80
German composer

Like his father, Johann Tobias (1690–1762), Krebs was a pupil of J. S. Bach; he attended St Thomas’s School in Leipzig for nine years and won a warm testimonial from the great man. He was organist at Zwickau from 1737, then from 1744 at Zeitz and finally at Gotha (he applied unsuccessfully for the succession to Bach at Leipzig in 1750). Admired for his organ playing, he was primarily a composer for the keyboard, influenced by Bach in his adherence to contrapuntal writing at a time when it was becoming unfashionable, but also affected by the new galant style. He wrote prolifically for the organ and published many suites and other works for the harpsichord; he also produced sacred and instrumental music.

Recommended Recording:
Organ Works John Kitchen (Priory)

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