b. Vienna, Jan. 29, 1711, d. Vienna, April 15, 1788, composer; trained in Naples, from 1737 at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1774 awarded the title "Imperial Musical Director". Composed mainly operas and oratorios, turned to church music in 1763; combined the Neapolitan with the Venetian style of his early days in Vienna; neither his early nor his later operas were in accordance with Gluck´s reforms.
Works#23 operas, 4 oratorios, 30 masses
Literature#K. Breitner, G. B. und sein Oratorienwerk, 1961.