Seyfert, Johann Caspar

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Seyfert, Johann Caspar

Seyfert, Johann Caspar, German violinist, lutenist, and composer, father of Johann Gottfried Seyfert ; b. probably in Augsburg, c. 1697; d. there, May 26, 1767. He studied with Philipp David Kräuter, the Augsburg Kantor, and with J.G. Pisendel and S.L. Weiss in Dresden. He pursued his career in Augsburg, where he was made choral director of the church of St. Anne in 1723. In 1741 he succeeded Kräuter as Kantor and was made director of Protestant music. Much of his extensive sacred and secular output is not extant, with the exception of his oratorio for the Augustan Confession (Augsburg, 1730) and a Choralbuch (1748).

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