Franz Xaver Witt (Composer)
Born: 9th February 1834, Walderbach, Germany
Died: 2nd December 1888, Landschut, Germany
Franz Xaver Witt was a Catholic priest, church musician, and composer. He was a leading figure in the Cecilian movement for the reform of Catholic church music in the second half of the 19th century.
Witt was born in Walderbach, Bavaria. His father was a school teacher. Witt was taught piano and singing from a young age.
He studied theology and science at the seminary in Regensburg. He sang in the seminary's choir, which was under the direction of Joseph Schrems.