(b Freiburg in Breisgau, 1733; d London, 1800). Ger. oboist and composer. Played in court orch. at Dresden from 1764. Went to London, 1768, becoming member of Queen's band and playing at Bach-Abel concerts. Married Gainsborough's daughter 1780. Returned to Continent on disappointment at not being made Master of King's Band 1786. Returned to London 1790. Died from stroke while performing before royal family. Mozart wrote variations on his Minuet (1773).
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.