Viennese Classic - Early Period #
Johann Michael Steinbacher: Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in a minor#
The Konzert fuer Cembalo und Streicher in a-Moll
by Johann Michael Steinbacher (ca 1700 - after1741),
the organist of the Graz city-parish probably only
survived the Second World War undamaged by virtue of its
curious hiding-place. It was found together with other
compositions in an un-used Baroque heating oven. What
makes this otherwise unknown composer so unusual is that
he apparently was the first to transfer the Model of the
Italian violin concerto such as Vivaldi's to the
harpsichord. Steinbacher can therefore take a place next
to Johann Sebastian Bach, who composed harpsichord
concerti at about the same time in Germany. (E. Stadler)
The picture shows a harpsichord made by the
Viennese master Johann Leydecker around 1750.
© Sound: Koch International GmbH, Hermann-Schmid-Straße 10, D-80336 München, CD-Nr. Ko 31 085-2.
© Picture: Steiermärkisches Landesmuseum Joanneum/Graz, Abteilung für Kunstgewerbe (Foto: Helmut Schubert, Papiermühlgasse 28, A-8020 Graz).