Johann Friedrich Fasch

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1688 – 1758

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Who was Johann Friedrich Fasch?

Johann Friedrich Fasch was a German violinist and composer.

Fasch was born in Buttelstedt. He was a choirboy in Weissenfels and studied under Johann Kuhnau at the famous St. Thomas School in Leipzig and later founded a Collegium Musicum in that city. He then traveled throughout Germany, becoming a violinist in the orchestra in Bayreuth in 1714 and holding a court post in Greiz. Also in 1714, Fasch studied composition with Christoph Graupner in Darmstadt. In 1722 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Zerbst, a post he held until his death. The organist Johann Ulich was his assistant.

His works include cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber music. None of his pieces were printed in his lifetime, and a large number of his vocal works, including four operas, have been lost. However, he was held in high regard by his contemporaries, and he is today considered an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods.

Fasch died in Zerbst at the age of 70. He was the father of Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, also a musician of note. The city of Zerbst/Anhalt has been hosting International Festivals since 1983, biennially since 1993.

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Born
Apr 15, 1688
Buttelstedt
Also known as
  • Fasch, Johann Friedrich
Children
Nationality
  • Germany
Education
  • Thomasschule zu Leipzig
Died
Dec 5, 1758
Zerbst

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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