The collection published as Harmonische Seelenlust contains 98 chorale preludes altogether, some of them specifying use of an oboe “placed in order to give. Georg Friedrich Kauffmann is best known for the “Harmonische Seelenlust”. This work contains all of his known chorale preludes together with. Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (14 February – 24 March ) was a Baroque composer and Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ; Harmonische Seelenlust musikalischer Gonner und Freunde: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten; Nun danket.

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Georg Friedrich Kauffmann 14 February — 24 March was a Baroque composer and organist from northern-central Germany who composed primarily sacred works for the organ and voice.

Georg Friedrich Kauffmann was born in OstramondraThuringia.

Kauffmann: Harmonische Seelenlust / Croci, Kramp

Little is known of his early life; however, he did have early keyboard training with J. His latter years of education seelenlusf under J. Alberti in Merseburg with whom he studied organ and composition. InAlberti suffered an injury to his right hand, inhibiting his ability to play the organ at the cathedral.

Kauffmann is also attributed to have ascertained during this period the occupation of Director of Church Music for the Duke of Saxe-Merseburgand might have seeleblust served as Kapellmeister.

However, these positions are only speculative at best due to an absence of archival investigations. Kauffmann signed many of his published works as Court Organist and Director of Church Music for the Duke of Saxe-Merseburgso it is quite likely that he did serve in such a capacity, even if just ceremonial.


Kauffmann had several connections with Leipzigas most predominant musicians of the time in Germany would have. At one point, he was originally asked by the university there to inspect the newly seelenlut organ at St.

InKauffmann announced his intentions of the publication of a treatise to be entitled: Intro duzzione alla musica antica et moderna, das ist: Rules for Composition in the Old and New Styles. It was never formally published, though it did circulate around the musical community of the day and most likely was used by many educators as a teaching tool. Ultimately Kauffmann went to Leipzig in to compete for the position of Kapellmeister along with seven other predominant musicians of Seelehlust at the time.

The position of Kapellmeister of Leipzig was extremely coveted by most in the musical community; the position was formally held by Johann Kuhnau until his hafmonische that same year. He was the prime contender for the position until April when J. A decade after the Leipzig Affair, Kauffmann started to publish in sequential volumes his Harmonische Seelenlust which were a complete edition of his organ chorales.

However, he died of consumption in Merseburg on 24 March before they had been completely published. His widow saw the endeavor though and completed the publication of the Harmonische Seelenlust. While they did not make a great first impression, over the next century they became one of the most significant achievements in German organ music, and remained in high demand well into the 19th century.

They consisted of ninety-eight preludes on sixty-three chorales.

Harmonische Seelenlust, (Musical score, ) []

Many of his organ works can be found in organ text books and instructional materials today. An important aspect of Baroque composition was who copied the compositions down to perform in their harminische or courts as printing music was very novel at the time and very expensive. Walther a friend of Bach copied many of his early works, as well as Johann Tobias Krebsa pupil of Walther. Gottfried Kirchhoff the Halle organist owned several other cantatas by Kauffmann, all of harmonnische were performed in Halle, however none of the manuscripts survived.


Grauncopied three choral works which were ultimately performed by J. While it can be hard to know who was imitating who, both of the works can be seen similar in certain motives and harmonic progressionsthough it is obvious that Bach was the better master of these things. Also Wilhelm Friedemann BachJ. The play uses Kauffmann as well as many other composers of the time all bidding for the job, which ultimately goes to J.

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