unbekannter Gast

Viennese Classic - Early Period#

Johann Michael Steinbacher: Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings in a minor#

Harpsichord made by the Viennese master Johann Leydecker
Harpsichord made by the Viennese master Johann Leydecker (about 1750)
© Steiermärkisches Landesmuseum Joanneum/Graz, Abteilung für Kunstgewerbe (Foto: Helmut Schubert, Graz)

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)

Sound Clip#

Johann Michael Steinbacher: Concert für Cembalo und Streicher in a-Moll
© Koch International GmbH, München (D), CD-Nr. Ko 31 085-2