Jiří Antonín Benda

Jiří Antonín Benda Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    30th June 1722
  • Died
    6th November 1795
  • Birthplace
    Benatek (today Benátky nad Jizerou), Bohemia

Jiří Antonín Benda, also Georg Anton Benda was a Bohemian kapellmeister, violinist and composer of the classical period. Born in Old Benatek (today Benátky nad Jizerou), Bohemia, he studied at the Piarist Gymnasium (grammar school) in Kosmanos and at the Jesuit Gymnasium in Gitschin from 1735 to 1742. Benda was 19 when Frederick the Great bestowed upon him in 1741 the position of second violinist in the chapel of Berlin. The following year Benda was summoned to Potsdam as a composer and arranger for his older brother Franz, himself an illustrious composer and violinist. Seven years later, in 1749, he entered the service of the Duke of Gotha as Kapellmeister, where he constantly cultivated his talents for composition, specializing in religious music. A stipend from the duke allowed Benda to take a study trip to Italy in 1764. He returned to Gotha in 1766, and devoted himself to composition. In all, he wrote about ten operas, several operettas, and the melodramas Ariadne auf Naxos, Medea and Almansor und Nadine. In 1778 he resigned his position and visited Hamburg, Vienna, and other cities, and finally settled at the little hamlet of Köstritz.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Sammlung Italienischer Arien Aria / Arietta Voice(s) and Instruments
Jauchzet ihr Himmel freue dich Erde Cantata Choir and Orchestra
Verlaß uns, die uns unsre Tage Cantata Choir and Instrument
Sammlung Vermischter Clavier- und Gesangstücke, Teil 2 Compilation N/A
Medea Melodrama Voice(s) and Orchestra
Ariadne auf Naxos Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Das tartarische Gesetze Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Der Jahrmarkt Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Romeo und Julie Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Sammlung Vermischter Clavierstücke, Teil 1 Piano piece Chamber group
Rondeaux und Lieder, Teil 3 Rondo Voice(s) and Piano
Ode auf den Sterbemorgen der Herzogin zu Sachsen-Gotha und Altenburg Sacred Mass Choir and Orchestra
6 Harpsichord Sonatas Sonata Harpsichord
16 Piano Sonatas Sonata Piano
Harpsichord Sonata in C minor Sonata Harpsichord
Trio Sonata in E major Sonata Chamber group
34 Piano Sonatinas Sonatina Piano