JOHANN PAUL VON WESTHOFF (1656 - 1705)
A violin virtuoso and composer, Johann Paul von Westhoff, the son of a Dresden court musician, joined the court chapel in 1674. On the conversion of the King to Catholicism in 1697 he moved to the University of Wittenberg, where he taught modern languages, and then to the court at Weimar, where he was a chamber musician, chamber secretary and court teacher of French and Italian.
The chief interest of Westhoff must lie in his compositions for unaccompanied violin, a possible model for J.S. Bach.