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Johann Jakob Froberger

Johann Jakob Froberger Manuscript

(1616 - 1667)

German harpsichordist and composer, student of Girolamo Frescobaldi, and resident of Vienna. Froberger's published output is quite small, but manuscripts survive for more than thirty harpsichord suites in a highly personal idiom. He is accorded a prominent place in history for his early writing of established suites of dances, and for his cosmopolitan unification of the various compositional styles of the time.

Besides studying in Italy, Froberger spent time in France where he met many of the prominent composers of the time. His music often exhibits a deep melancholy, expressed in simple counterpoint with a beautiful array of sonorities. ~ Todd McComb (6/94)

Recommended Recordings

Works for Harpsichord

3 Suites, 3 Toccatas, Capriccio, Fantasia, etc./RCA Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 7923-2-RC
Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord)
Suites and Toccatas/Harmonia Mundi HMC901372
Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
4 Suites, 3 Toccatas, Fantasia, etc./Astrée E8716
Blandine Verlet (harpsichord)