Kuhnau, Johann [ Johann Kuhn] (b Geising, Bohemia, 1660; d Leipzig, 1722). Bohemian composer and lawyer. Org., St Thomas's, Leipzig, from 1684, cantor 1701. Bach's immediate predecessor at Leipzig. Wrote ably for clavichord and hpd., composing exercises which he called Klavierübung, a term later used by Bach. Among first to compose sonatas (as distinct from suites).
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