Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg

COMPOSER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 3 Feb 1736, Klosterneuburg - DIED 7 Mar 1809, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien-Simmering: Marxer Friedhof, 3., Leberstra▀e 6-8

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger studied music at the Abbey of Melk and philosophy at the Jesuit seminary in Vienna. He worked as an organist in Raab and Maria Taferl before he held a position at Melk. In 1772 he was engaged as court organist in Vienna and in 1793 he became Kapellmeister of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.

His knowledge was immense and he had many pupils. Among them were Hummel and Moscheles. Beethoven studied harmony and counterpoint with Albrechtsberger after he felt that Haydn didn't pay him enough attention.

He was the author of numerous compositions (among them 300 church works), but he is best remembered for his theoretical writings. After he died in 1809 he was buried at the Marxer Friedhof in Wien-Simmering. Many notable persons were moved from that cemetery to the Zentralfriedhof in later years, but Albrechtsbergers remains were never relocated.

Related persons
• was teacher to Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was teacher to Hummel, Johann Nepomuk

Sources
• Reeth, Adela´de van & Guido Peeters, Herinneringen in Steen, De Haan/Unieboek, Houten, 1988
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wikipedia (English)

Images

The grave of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger at the Marxer Friedhof, Wien-Simmering.
Picture by Androom (14 Aug 1995)

 


Alekhine, Alexander Alexandrovitch

Published: 5 Oct 2008
Last update: 5 Oct 2008