(b Wendisch‐Ossig, 1728; d Leipzig, 1804).
Ger. composer. Settled in Leipzig 1758, becoming cond. of several organizations. Regarded as founder of the Singspiel, which he based on the Ger. Lied. First of these was Die verwandelten Weiber oder Der Teufel ist los, 1766, followed by 13 others. Also wrote church mus. and secular songs. Ed. of Wöchentliche Nachrichten, first specialist periodical on mus.