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Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber (Composer, Bach’s Pupil)

Born: September 6, 1702 - Wenigen-Ehrich, near Sondershausen, Thuringia, Germany
Died: August 6, 1775 - Wenigen-Ehrich, near Sondershausen in Thuringia

Heinrich Nicolaus [Nikolaus, Nicholas] Gerber was a German organist and composer. He matriculated as a law student at Leipzig University on May 8, 1724, and towards the end of the same year became a pupil of J.S. Bach. In 1731 he was appointed court organist to the Prince of Schwarzburg at Sondershausen, a post in which, upon his death, he was succeeded by his son, the music lexicographer Ernst Ludwig Gerber (1746-1819). E.L. Gerber's dictionary of musicians (Leipzig, 1790-1792; revised edition, 1812-1814) contains a vivid account of his father's tuition under J.S. Bach.

Numerous keyboard works by J.S. Bach survive in copies made by Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber during his Leipzig years (1724-1727), including the Inventions and Sinfonias (BWV 772-801), the French Suites (BWV 812-817), English Suites Nos. 1, 3, 5, and 6 (BWV 816, 818, 810, 811), the first two Preludes and Fugues from The Well-tempered Clavier Part 1 (BWV 846-847), and some miscellaneous works (BWV 818, BWV 819, BWV 914, and BWV 996). RDPJ

 

Source: Oxford Composer Companions J.S. Bach (Author: Richard D.P. Jones; Editor: Malcolm Boyd, OUP, 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2011); Thomas Braatz (January 2011)

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Bibliography

H.T. David and A. Mendel, editors: The Bach Reader (London, 2nd edition, 1966), pp 263-5
A. Dürr: “Heinrich Nicolaus Gerber als Schuler Bachs”, BJb 64 (1978), pp 7-18.

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