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Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723-1787), composer and concert impresario

Stephen Michael Buhler

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:


Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723-1787), composer and concert impresario, was born on 22 December 1723 in Cöthen, Saxony, one of six children. His father, Christian Ferdinand Abel (c.1683-1737), served as violinist for Johann Sebastian Bach, under whom Karl Friedrich may have studied at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. By 1743 Abel had ...

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