Albrechtsberger, Johann Georg

BORN 3 Feb 1736, Klosterneuburg, Niederösterreich - DIED 7 Mar 1809, Wien
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Marxer Friedhof, 3., Leberstraße 6-8, Simmering (Gruppe 2)

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 Albrechtsberger's remains were never transferred.

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• was teacher of Beethoven, Ludwig van
• was a friend of Haydn, Michael
• was teacher of Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
• was teacher of Kalkbrenner, Friedrich Wilhelm
• was teacher of Reicha, Anton


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


• Reeth, Adelaïde van & Guido Peeters, Herinneringen in Steen, De Haan/Unieboek, Houten, 1988
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger - Wikipedia

Albregt, Jan Herman

Published: 05 Oct 2008
Last update: 31 Dec 2023