Griesbacher, Peter, German priest and composer; b. Egglham, March 25, 1864; d. Regensburg, Jan. 28, 1933. He studied theology, and was ordained a priest in 1886. From 1894 he was aninstructor at the Franciscan church in Regensburg. He ed. various publications for Catholic church music, and also composed 40 masses, secular cantatas, and songs (about 250 opus numbers). He began as a composer in the strict style of contrapuntal writing, but his later works, in which he applied modern harmonies to Gregorian melodies, aroused considerable opposition. He publ. several manuals: Lehrbuch des Kontrapunkts (1910), Kirchenmusikalische Stilistik und Formenlehre (3 vols., 1912-13), and Glockenmusik (1926).
M. Tremmel, P. G. (Passau, 1935).
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