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Gottfried Kirchhoff (Composer)

Born: September 15, 1685 - Mühlbeck, near Bitterfeld (about 30 km north-east of Halle), Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died: January 21, 1746 - Halle, Germany

The German composer, Gottfried Kirchhoff, was, like Georg Frideric Handel, a pupil of Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712). He was Kapellmeister of the Duke of Holstein-Glücksburg in 1709; organist of the Benedictine Church in Quedlinburg in 1711; and succeeded F.W. Zachow as organist of the Liebfrauenkirche (Marktkirche) in Halle (a post that J.S. Bach had declined) from July 13, 1714, and remained there until his death.

Gottfried Kirchhoff wrote mainly vocal music and organ pieces for church use. He was one of the foremost organ composers of the 18th century. He may have been the composer of two Fantasias & Fughettas for keyboard attributed to J.S. Bach (BWV 907-908) on evidence which is not altogether reliable. List of works in Q.-L.

 

Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition); Malcom Boyd, editor: Oxford Composer Companion J.S. Bach (Oxford University Press, 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2006, November 2008)

Works previously attributed to J.S. Bach

Fantasia & Fughetta for keyboard in B flat major, BWV 907 (?)
Fantasia & Fughetta for keyboard in D major,
BWV 908 (?)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works

Title

Chorale Melody

Year

Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele, Chorale Prelude for Organ

Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele

Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, Chorale Prelude for Organ (with the cantus firmus appearing unembellished in the pedal in the style of Johann Pachelbel.)

Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten

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Bibliography

D. Schulenberg: The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach (New York, 1192), 385-386

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