CHRISTOPH BERNHARD (1628 - 1692)
Peter Maxwell Davies
The German composer and theorist Christoph Bernhard was a pupil of Schütz
in Dresden and later possibly of Carissimi in Italy. After a period as Vice-Kapellmeister
in Dresden, in 1664 he moved to Hamburg as Cantor at the Johannisschule, with
responsibility for the music of the four principal churches of the city, to return
to Dresden ten years later, remaining there, eventually as Kapellmeister, until
his death in 1692.
Vocal and Choral Music
The main body of Bernhard's work consists of sacred music, settings of Latin
and German texts. He left a smaller number of secular songs.