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Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, Concerto in G
Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber (1702-1775) matriculated as a law student at Leipzig University in 1724, but a few months later came under the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach from whom he took organ lessons, following which he abandoned a legal career for music. From 1731 to his death in 1775 he was Court Organist to the Prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. Gerber's compositional style was remarkably similar to that of his teacher, in which regard he was perhaps a little conservative, and the Galant style seems to have passed him entirely by. The Concerto in G is a delightful three-part invention or sinfonia and is in some ways reminiscent of the famous Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata 29. A performance of the work by Jan Kloeze may be heard here. Other organ works by Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber may be found on the IMSLP website.

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Arms of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, of which Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber was Court Organist 1731 to 1775 under Princes GŁnther XLIII (1721-40), Heinrich XXXV (1740-58) and Christian GŁnther III (1758-94)
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