Johann Beer


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(St Georgen, Austria, 1655–1700, Weißenfels), a Protestant by upbringing, emigrated with his parents from Austria to Regensburg in 1670. In 1676 he entered Leipzig University, but in the same year was accepted into the private choir of the Duke of Weißenfels at Halle. In addition to singing, he composed and wrote on music (Musikalische Discurse, published posthumously in 1719). He became the Duke's chief musician (Konzertmeister) in 1685, and court librarian as well in 1697. In 1680 he accompanied the court when it moved to Weißenfels.


From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.

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