(b Offenbach‐am‐Main, 1741; d Offenbach‐am‐Main, 1799).
Ger. composer, but best known for publishing firm he founded in 1774. Among his own operas was the 4‐act Belmonte und Constanze, oder die Entführung aus dem Serail, prod. Berlin 1781, the year before Mozart's setting of the same opera. His son, Johann Anton (1775–1842), in 1799 acquired entire mus. relicta of Mozart from the composer's widow and also pubd. Mozart's own thematic catalogue of his works from 1784 to 1791.