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Georg Österreich (Composer)

Born: 1664
Died: 1735

The German composer, Georg Österreich, was pupil of Johann Theile (1646-1724) at Wolfenbütte. He ‘moved into the Kapellmeister's house and lodged with him, [and he] instructed him … quite untiringly and faithfully in composition’. A pupil at Merseburg, Johann Ziegler, ‘studied composition with various teachers … [until he] finally found more satisfaction with Kapellmeister Theile’. Georg Österreich was also a student of Johann Schelle (1648-1701).

Georg Österreich was Kapellmeister and Kantor to the ducal court of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. In this post he began in 1796 to give compositions lessons to Heinrich Bokemeyer (1679-1751). Georg Österreich was later Kapellmeister at the court of Gottorf. In this post he copied or supervised the copying of the music and built a large collection of scores and books, with hundreds manuscripts of sacred music. This library was inherited by his pupil Heinrich Bokemeyer.


Source: Grove Music Online, © Oxford University Press 2008 (accessed: September 26, 2008, bits & pieces from various articles))
Contributed by
Thomas Braatz (September 2008)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Alle Menschen müssen sterben, motetto concertato, SATBB, 3 ob, 4 str, 2 bn, bc, is an extended multi-sectional work that contains the depiction of the valley of the shadow of death in Alle Menschen müssen sterben, set for two bassoons, two basses and continuo. [More detailed information given by Kerala J. Snyder and Geoffrey Webber in the Grove Music Online, Oxford University Press, 2005, acc. 8/19/05.]

Alle Menschen müssen sterben (unknown melody; might be 6779a, 6783 or 6778)


Valet will ich dir geben, chorale, SATB, 3 str, bn, bc

Valet will ich dir geben

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