JOHANN JACOB FROBERGER (1616 - 1667)
The German composer, keyboard player, and organist Johann Jacob Froberger was considered the leading keyboard composer of his time in Germany. He was the son of a musician, the later Stuttgart Kapellmeister, and eventually studied in Rome with Frescobaldi. He was in court employment in Vienna and Brussels, and won success as a performer in France and in England. From 1653 to 1658 he was court organist in Vienna, and spent his last years at the French estate of Princess Sibylla of Württemberg-Montébliard.
Froberger’s surviving compositions are, with two exceptions, for keyboard, in the current Italian and French forms of the time, suites with dance movements, toccatas, canzonas and ricercari, absorbed into a German tradition that had considerable formative influence, particularly in the later years of the 17th century.