Seyfert, Johann Gottfried

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Seyfert, Johann Gottfried

Seyfert, Johann Gottfried, German keyboard player and composer, son of Johann Caspar Seyfert; b. Augsburg, May 11, 1731; d. there, Dec. 12, 1772. He first studied with his father, and received instruction in keyboard playing from Johann Zach. After studies with Leitdorfer in Bayreuth (1747–50), he studied with Hasse in Dresden before completing his training with C.P.E. Bach in Berlin and G.C. Wagenseil in Vienna. In 1753 he returned to Augsburg, where he worked closely with his father. Upon his father’s death in 1767, he was named his successor as Kantor and music director at the church of St. Anne. He composed operas, syms., chamber music, masses, oratorios, cantatas, and other works, but much of his large output is not extant.

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