Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Bibern
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Bohemian-Austrian composer, violinist, and gambist (baptised 12 August 1644 – died 3 May 1704).

His works show a predilection for canonic use and harmonic diapason that pre-date the later Baroque works of Johann Pachelbel and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Biber was one of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument. His technique allowed him to easily reach the 6th and 7th positions, employ multiple stops in intricate polyphonic passages, and explore the various possibilities of scordatura tuning. He also wrote one of the earliest known pieces for solo violin, the monumental passacaglia of the Mystery Sonatas. During Biber's lifetime, his music was known and imitated throughout Europe. In the late 18th century he was named the best violin composer of the 17th century by music historian Charles Burney. In the late 20th century Biber's music, especially the Mystery Sonatas, enjoyed a renaissance. Today, it is widely performed and recorded.

Born in the small Bohemian town of Wartenberg (Stráž pod Ralskem), Biber worked at Graz and Kroměříž before he illegally left his Kroměříž employer (Prince-Bishop Carl Liechtenstein-Castelcorno) and settled in Salzburg, Austria.
In 1670, he joined the Kapelle at Salzburg, and this is where he remained until his death in 1704. He became director of the Kapelle in 1684 and was ennobled in 1690.
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SVBX 552 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Sonatas For Violin album art Biber* Sonatas For Violin (Album) VOX (6) SVBX 552 US 1962 Sell This Version
C 91 115 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Wien Am Hofe Leopolds 1 album art Giovanni Legrenzi, Johann Joseph Fux, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Leopold I Giovanni Legrenzi, Johann Joseph Fux, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Leopold I - Wien Am Hofe Leopolds 1 (Album) Columbia C 91 115 Germany 1963 Sell This Version
BG-641 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - The Virtuoso Trumpet Vol 2 album art Helmut Wobisch, Haydn*, Mozart*, Manfredini*, Torelli*, Alberti*, Biber*, Heiller* Helmut Wobisch, Haydn*, Mozart*, Manfredini*, Torelli*, Alberti*, Biber*, Heiller* - The Virtuoso Trumpet Vol 2 The Bach Guild BG-641 US 1963 Sell This Version
S-6172, S/6172, RS 6172 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Music In Old Towns And Residences (II) /  Vienna: - At The Court Of Leopold I album art Johann Joseph Fux / Giovanni Legrenzi / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Johann Heinrich Schmelzer / Leopold I Johann Joseph Fux / Giovanni Legrenzi / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Johann Heinrich Schmelzer / Leopold I - Music In Old Towns And Residences (II) / Vienna: - At The Court Of Leopold I (Album) The Record Society, The Record Society, The Record Society S-6172, S/6172, RS 6172 Australia 1965 Sell This Version
14362 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Höfische Konzertmusik Des Österreichischen Barock (Suiten Und Sonaten) album art Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Höfische Konzertmusik Des Österreichischen Barock (Suiten Und Sonaten) (Album) Archiv Produktion 14362 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
AVRS 6413 St Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Vier Partien für 2 Violinen und Continuo album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Vier Partien für 2 Violinen und Continuo(LP, Album, RE) Amadeo AVRS 6413 St Austria 1965 Sell This Version
TV 340 90S, TV 34090S Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - German Baroque Trumpet Concerti album art Hertel*, Fasch*, Stoelzel*, Biber* Hertel*, Fasch*, Stoelzel*, Biber* - German Baroque Trumpet Concerti (Album) Turnabout TV 340 90S, TV 34090S Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
BG-690 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Music At The Court Of Leopold I (1640-1705) album art Fux*, Biber*, Schmelzer*, Legrenzi*, The Concentus Musicus*, Nikolaus Harnoncourt Fux*, Biber*, Schmelzer*, Legrenzi*, The Concentus Musicus*, Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Music At The Court Of Leopold I (1640-1705)(LP, Mono) Vanguard BG-690 US 1966 Sell This Version
SMC 95 108 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Ein Konzert Im Schloß Mirabell Zu Salzburg album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Georg Muffat, Antonio Caldara, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leopold Mozart, Michael Haydn - Jakob Stämpfli*, Georg-Friedrich Hendel*, Das Kammerorchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks* Dirigent Karl Ristenpart Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Georg Muffat, Antonio Caldara, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leopold Mozart, Michael Haydn - Jakob Stämpfli*, Georg-Friedrich Hendel*, Das Kammerorchester des Saarländischen Rundfunks* Dirigent Karl Ristenpart - Ein Konzert Im Schloß Mirabell Zu Salzburg Columbia SMC 95 108 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
H-71146 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Battle Music album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Jean François Dandrieu* / Franz Christoph Neubauer - Angelicum Orchestra Of Milan*, Newell Jenkins Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Jean François Dandrieu* / Franz Christoph Neubauer - Angelicum Orchestra Of Milan*, Newell Jenkins - Battle Music Nonesuch H-71146 US 1967 Sell This Version
SAPM 198 422/23, 198 422/23 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Rosenkranz-Sonaten = Sonatas Of The Rosary = Sonates Du Rosaire album art H.I.F. Biber*, Eduard Melkus, Huguette Dreyfus, Lionel Rogg, Karl Scheit H.I.F. Biber*, Eduard Melkus, Huguette Dreyfus, Lionel Rogg, Karl Scheit - Rosenkranz-Sonaten = Sonatas Of The Rosary = Sonates Du Rosaire (Album) Archiv Produktion SAPM 198 422/23, 198 422/23 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
H-71172 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Six Sonatas For Two Trumpets, Strings, And Continuo From Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Philip JonesJohn Wilbraham, The Sinfonia Of London String Ensemble*Joshua Rifkin Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Philip JonesJohn Wilbraham, The Sinfonia Of London String Ensemble*Joshua Rifkin - Six Sonatas For Two Trumpets, Strings, And Continuo From Sonatae Tam Aris Quam Aulis Servientes Nonesuch H-71172 US 1967 Sell This Version
SAWT 9537-A Ex, SAWT 9537 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - St. Polycarp Sonata For 8 Trumpets • Laetatus • Epiphany Cantata • Requiem album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber St. Polycarp Sonata For 8 Trumpets • Laetatus • Epiphany Cantata • Requiem Telefunken, Telefunken SAWT 9537-A Ex, SAWT 9537 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
839 301 EGY Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Instrumental Music From Salzburg album art M. Haydn*, Mozart*, C.H. Biber*, Muffat*, H.I.F. Biber*, Adlgasser*, Salzburg Mozarteum Chamber Orchestra*, Bernhard Paumgartner M. Haydn*, Mozart*, C.H. Biber*, Muffat*, H.I.F. Biber*, Adlgasser*, Salzburg Mozarteum Chamber Orchestra*, Bernhard Paumgartner - Instrumental Music From Salzburg Fontana, Fontana, Fontana 839 301 EGY Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
SAWT 9549-B Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Komödiantische Musik Des Barock / Comediantal Music Of The Baroque Era album art Farina*, Schmelzer*, Biber*, Marais*, Vivaldi* / Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Farina*, Schmelzer*, Biber*, Marais*, Vivaldi* / Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Komödiantische Musik Des Barock / Comediantal Music Of The Baroque Era (Album) Telefunken SAWT 9549-B Germany 1970 Sell This Version
SR-40123 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Trumpet Concerto / Trumpet Concerto / Sonata A 6 album art Timofey Dokschitser*, Rudolf Barshai, Moscow Chamber Orchestra - Haydn* / Hummel* / Biber* Timofey Dokschitser*, Rudolf Barshai, Moscow Chamber Orchestra - Haydn* / Hummel* / Biber* - Trumpet Concerto / Trumpet Concerto / Sonata A 6 (Album) Melodiya/Angel SR-40123 US 1970 Sell This Version
92 677 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Musik Für Viole D'Amore album art Biber* - Petzold* - Stamitz* - Günther Lemmen, Doris Wolff-Malm, Alfred Lessing, Theodor Klein Biber* - Petzold* - Stamitz* - Günther Lemmen, Doris Wolff-Malm, Alfred Lessing, Theodor Klein - Musik Für Viole D'Amore (Album) Orbis (2) 92 677 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
SAWT 9579-B Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Battalia • Pauernkirchfahrt • Ballettae • Sonatae album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus* Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus* - Battalia • Pauernkirchfahrt • Ballettae • Sonatae (Album) Telefunken SAWT 9579-B Germany 1971 Sell This Version
T 77705 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Mysterien-Sonaten  album art H. I. Franz Biber*, Hubertus Distler H. I. Franz Biber*, Hubertus Distler - Mysterien-Sonaten Not On Label T 77705 1973 Sell This Version
ORS 73107 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Impromptu / Sonata / Duo / Variazioni / Passacaglia album art Robert Gross, Imbrie*, Krenek*, Rosenman*, Bartolozzi*, Biber*, Richard Grayson Robert Gross, Imbrie*, Krenek*, Rosenman*, Bartolozzi*, Biber*, Richard Grayson - Impromptu / Sonata / Duo / Variazioni / Passacaglia(LP, Album) Orion ORS 73107 US 1973 Sell This Version
1C 065-99 610 Q, 19 9610 1 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Escolania De Montserrat*, Tölzer Knabenchor, Collegium Aureum, Ireneu Segarra* Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Escolania De Montserrat*, Tölzer Knabenchor, Collegium Aureum, Ireneu Segarra* - Missa Salisburgensis a 53 Voci Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 1C 065-99 610 Q, 19 9610 1 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
1976 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Soloviolinsonaten album art Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber* Soloviolinsonaten (Album) Polyhymnia 1976 Austria 1976 Sell This Version
1 10 2434 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Koncert Es Dur • Sonata A 6 • Koncert Č 1 • Koncert In Dis (Koncerty Pro Žesťové Nástroje) album art Neruda*Biber*Rössler-Rosetti*Ryba*, Josef Svejkovský, Stanislav Suchánek, Plzeňský Rozhlasový Orchestr* - Stanislav Macura Neruda*Biber*Rössler-Rosetti*Ryba*, Josef Svejkovský, Stanislav Suchánek, Plzeňský Rozhlasový Orchestr* - Stanislav Macura - Koncert Es Dur • Sonata A 6 • Koncert Č 1 • Koncert In Dis (Koncerty Pro Žesťové Nástroje) (Album) Supraphon 1 10 2434 Czechoslovakia 1978 Sell This Version
25 254 XGK Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Altböhmische Schloß- Und Jagdmusiken album art Johann Pezel, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský, Alessandro Poglietti, Giacomo Carissimi, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Jan Kríttel (Baptist) Tolar*, Bedřich Diviš Weber, Frantisek Vincec Kramar*, Frantisek Xaver Dussek*, Johann Nepomuk Wendt*, Pavel Vranický Johann Pezel, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Pavel Josef Vejvanovský, Alessandro Poglietti, Giacomo Carissimi, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Jan Kríttel (Baptist) Tolar*, Bedřich Diviš Weber, Frantisek Vincec Kramar*, Frantisek Xaver Dussek*, Johann Nepomuk Wendt*, Pavel Vranický - Altböhmische Schloß- Und Jagdmusiken(LP, Album) Supraphon 25 254 XGK Germany 1978 Sell This Version
DMS 3002, D/DMS 3002 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - The Sound Of Trumpets album art Altenburg* / Biber* / Vivaldi* / Torelli* / Telemann* - Gerard Schwarz, The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* Altenburg* / Biber* / Vivaldi* / Torelli* / Telemann* - Gerard Schwarz, The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* - The Sound Of Trumpets Delos, Delos DMS 3002, D/DMS 3002 US 1979 Sell This Version