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Johann Kaspar Kerll (Composer)

Born: 9th April 1627, Adorf, Germany

Died: 13th February 1693, Munich, Germany

Nationality: German

Johann Caspar Kerll was a German baroque composer and organist. He is also known as Kerl, Gherl, Giovanni Gasparo Cherll and Gaspard Kerle.

Born in Adorf in the Electorate of Saxony as the son of an organist, Kerll showed outstanding musical abilities at an early age, and was taught by Giovanni Valentini, court Kapellmeister at Vienna. Kerll became one of the most acclaimed composers of his time, known both as a gifted composer and an outstanding teacher. He worked at Vienna, Munich and Brussels, and also travelled widely. His pupils included Agostino Steffani, Franz Xaver Murschhauser, and possibly Johann Pachelbel, and his influence is seen in works by Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach: Handel frequently borrowed themes and fragments of music from Kerll's works, and Bach arranged the Sanctus movement from Kerll's Missa superba as BWV 241, Sanctus in D major.

Further Reading: Kerll

 Recording of the Week, Lionel Meunier and Vox Luminis perform Requiems by Fux and Kerll

David listens to the Grammy Award-winning ensemble's recording of two rarely-heard Austrian Requiems.

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