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Johann Christian Kittel (Composer, Bach's Pupil)

Born: February 1732 (baptised: February 18, 1732) - Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany
Died: April 17, 1809 - Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany

Johann Christian Kittel was a German organist and composer. He studied privately with J.S. Bach in Leipzig from 1748 to 1750, and was organist in Langensalza (1751-1756) and then at the Barfüßkirche (1756-1762) and the Predigerkirche (from 1762) in Erfurt, where he remained for the rest of his life and was influental as a teacher. Among his pupils were the celebrated organist and composer Johann Christian Rinck (1770-1846) from 1786 to 1789; and Carl Christian Kegel (1770-1843). His surviving works are mainly for the organ. According to GerberL, probably authentic portraits of J.S. Bach that no longer survive were once owned by J.C. Kittel (from the estate of the Countess of Weißenfels) and by J.N. Forkel.

 

Source: Oxford Composer Companions J.S. Bach (Editor: Malcolm Boyd, OUP, 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2014); Thomas Braatz (January 2011)

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