Müthel, Johann Gottfried

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Müthel, Johann Gottfried

Müthel, Johann Gottfried, German organist and composer; b. Mölln, Jan. 17, 1728; d. Bienenhof, near Riga, July 14, 1788. He studied at Lübeck and became court organist at Schwerin in 1747. In 1750 he traveled to Leipzig to see Bach, and remained with him for a few days before Bach’s death. He then journeyed to Potsdam, where he met Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. In 1753 he went to Riga, where he became an organist at the Lutheran church in 1755. Among his extant works are 10 harpsichord concertos (6 ed. in Denkmäler Norddeutscher Musik, III-IV, Munich, 1975), a Concerto for 2 Bassoons and Strings, sonatas for Harpsichord, and organ music.


R. Campbell, J.G. M. (diss., Ind. Univ., 1966).

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