Preindl, Josef , Austrian organist, music theorist, and composer; b. Marbach, Jan. 30, 1756; d. Vienna, Oct. 26, 1823. He settled in Vienna, where he studied with Albrechtsberger. He served as organist at the church of Maria am Gestade (1775–78), at the Carmelite church of Vienna-Leopoldstadt (1783–87), and at St. Michael’s (1787), and in 1793 became Kapellmeister at St. Peter’s. He later served as Vice-Kapellmeister (1795–1809) and Kapellmeister (from 1809) at St. Stephen’s. He brought out a Gesang-Lehre, op. 33 (Vienna, 2nd ed., 1833) and Wiener Tonschule, oder Elementarbuch zum Studium des Generalbasses, des Contrapunktes, der Harmonie- und Fugen-Lehre (ed. by I. von Seyfried, Vienna, 1827; 2nd ed., 1832, as Anweisung zum Generalbasse). He composed 2 piano concertos, about 14 masses and other sacred works, chamber music, and songs, but much of his output was destroyed during World War II.
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