Gregor Joseph Werner (Composer)
Born: Janusry 28, 1693 - Ybbs an der Donau, Austria
Died: March 3, 1766 - Eisenstadt, Austria (At the age of 56 according to his tombstone, by 71 according to the parish register)
The Austrian composer, Gregor Joseph Werner, was Haydn's immediate predecessor as Kapellmeister to Prince Esterhazy, his appointment dating from May 10, 1728. In 1761 Haydn became vice-Kapellmeister, but Werner retained his place to the time of his death.
Gregor Joseph Werner was a prolific and talented composer, who wrote 18 oratorios, over 40 masses, 3 Requiems and a large quantity of other church music, symphonies and sonatas for 2 violins and bass, a string quartet, 2 pastorellas for 2 violins, harpsichord and organ, etc, Haydn arranged six of his fugues for string quartet, adding an introduction to each, and published them through Artaria.
Source: Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1952 Edition)Aryeh Oron (January 2006)