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Horn, Johann Caspar

Christopher Wilkinson

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Feldsberg, Lower Austria [now Valtice, Czech Republic], c1630; d Dresden, c1685). Austrian physician and amateur composer, active in Germany. What little is known of his life is found primarily in the preface to his collections of ballets, Parergon musicum. He practised as a physician, having completed his studies in Freiburg about 1651. He later studied law in Leipzig, where he spent most of his adult life. For at least nine years from 1663 he belonged to a fraternity of musical amateurs led by Sebastian Knüpfer, Kantor of the Thomaskirche. In 1680 he stayed briefly in Dresden, where he published the two parts of his cantata cycle Geistliche Harmonien.

Horn’s output is dominated by his six volumes of instrumental music, Parergon musicium, at least two of which were reprinted during his lifetime. Their musical contents offer a cross-section of approaches taken to the suite in the Germany of his day, while their prefaces are informative with regard to performance practice. The first volume, composed in the ‘Italian manner’, comprises fifteen suites, each made up of an identical sequence of dances. Two of the later volumes contain ballets in which the French style is explicitly emulated. Their subjects, like those of their French prototypes, are based either on mythology, as in ...

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Subjects: Baroque Music

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