Johann Gottfried Walther

Johann Gottfried Walther Music Recordings

  • Born
    18th September 1684
  • Died
    23rd March 1748
  • Birthplace
    Erfurt, Germany

Johann Gottfried Walther was a German music theorist, organist, composer, and lexicographer of the Baroque era. Walther was born at Erfurt. Not only was his life almost exactly contemporaneous to that of Johann Sebastian Bach, he was the famous composer's cousin. Walther was most well known as the compiler of the Musicalisches Lexicon (Leipzig, 1732), an enormous dictionary of music and musicians. Not only was it the first dictionary of musical terms written in the German language, it was the first to contain both terms and biographical information about composers and performers up to the early 18th century.

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Instruments Organ
Forms Chorale Prelude · Prelude