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Wiedner, Johann Gottlieb

Hugh J. McLean

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.30269

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(b ?Schwerta, Upper Lusatia [now Świecie, Poland], c1714; d Leipzig, Nov 17, 1783). German organist and composer . He presumably studied with the organist and Kantor active in Schwerta from 1720 to 1753, Johann Christoph Wiedner, who was certainly a relative if not his father. From the Gymnasium in Zittau he went to the University of Leipzig in 1739. As early as 1741 he assisted J.G. Gerlach at Leipzig by playing the violin and organ and obtaining singers and musicians for the Neukirche. He competed unsuccessfully for the position of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in 1755, but upon Gerlach’s death became organist and director of music at the Neukirche (July 1761). Wiedner was also active in other aspects of Leipzig’s musical life and played first violin and solo harpsichord in the Grosses Concert from 1746. Gerber praised his fluent, pleasing gift for melody. There are often stronger moments in the cantatas, for example the brilliant ...

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Subjects: Music of the Classical Period

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