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Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (Composer)

Born: 1623, Scheibbs, Austria

Died: 20th March 1680, Prague, Czechia

Nationality: Austrian

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer was an Austrian composer and violinist of the middle Baroque era. Almost nothing is known about his early years, but he seems to have arrived in Vienna during the 1630s, and remained composer and musician at the Habsburg court for the rest of his life. He enjoyed a close relationship with Emperor Leopold I, was ennobled by him, and rose to the rank of Kapellmeister in 1679. He died during a plague epidemic only months after getting the position.

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