Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Real Name:
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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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Discography

Albums

Biber* Sonatas For Violin (Album) VOX (6) US 1962 Sell This Version
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 Columbia Germany 1963 Sell This Version
Byrd*, Biber*, Schmelzer*, Muffat*, Turini*, Scheidt*, Lupo*, Marini* - Leonhardt-Consort & Gustav Leonhardt Byrd*, Biber*, Schmelzer*, Muffat*, Turini*, Scheidt*, Lupo*, Marini* - Leonhardt-Consort & Gustav Leonhardt - Musik Für Consort - Concert Music Telefunken Germany 1964 Sell This Version
198 362 Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Höfische Kontermusik Des Österreichischen Barock(LP) Archiv Produktion 198 362 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
Hertel*, Fasch*, Stoelzel*, Biber* Hertel*, Fasch*, Stoelzel*, Biber* - German Baroque Trumpet Concerti (Album) Turnabout Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt Georg Muffat / Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Concert Music Of The Baroque Court (Album) Archiv Produktion Germany 1966 Sell This Version
H-71172 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(LP) Nonesuch H-71172 US 1967 Sell This Version
H-71146 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(LP) Nonesuch H-71146 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(LP) Telefunken, Telefunken SAWT 9537-A Ex, SAWT 9537 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
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 US 1970 Sell This Version
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 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
1C 065-99824, 065-99824 Biber*, Buxtehude*, Rosenmüller* Biber*, Buxtehude*, Rosenmüller* - Sonaten Des Hochbarock(LP, Gat) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMI Electrola 1C 065-99824, 065-99824 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
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 Czechoslovakia 1978 Sell This Version
25 254 XGK 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, Jan Vent*, 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, Jan Vent*, Pavel Vranický - Altböhmische Schloß- und Jagdmusiken(LP, Album) Supraphon 25 254 XGK Germany 1978 Sell This Version
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 US 1979 Sell This Version
D-VCL 9015 Biber*, Frescobaldi*, Gabrieli*, Martini*, Mouret*, Edward Carroll, Edward Brewer, New York Trumpet Ensemble Biber*, Frescobaldi*, Gabrieli*, Martini*, Mouret*, Edward Carroll, Edward Brewer, New York Trumpet Ensemble - Art Of The Trumpet (Madeira Festival)(LP) Vox Cum Laude D-VCL 9015 USA & Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Franzjosef MaierFranz LehrndorferMax EngelKonrad Junghänel Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Franzjosef MaierFranz LehrndorferMax EngelKonrad Junghänel - Die Rosenkranz-Sonaten Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Regensburger Domspatzen, Collegium Aureum Dir. Georg Ratzinger Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Regensburger Domspatzen, Collegium Aureum Dir. Georg Ratzinger - Missa Sancti Henrici (Album) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Europe 1983 Sell This Version
VST 6232 Dario Castello, Fransesco-Antonio Bonporti, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Barocco Italiano Dario Castello, Fransesco-Antonio Bonporti, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Barocco Italiano - Castello-Bonporti-Bach-Biber(LP) Ars Nova (2) VST 6232 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
6.41245 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Sonata St. Polycarp • Laetatus • Epiphany Cantata • Requiem(LP, Album, RE) Telefunken 6.41245 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Heinrich Biber*, The Parley Of Instruments Heinrich Biber*, The Parley Of Instruments - Sonatae Tam Aris, Quam Aulis Servientes Hyperion UK 1985 Sell This Version
DBRD 2009 Georg Muffat, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Georg Muffat, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber - Music From The Court Of Salzburg(2xLP) Chandos DBRD 2009 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Biber* - Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel Biber* - Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel - Mensa Sonora, Sonata Representativa (Album) Archiv Produktion Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Wynton Marsalis, Vivaldi*, Telemann*, Pachelbel*, M. Haydn*, Biber*, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard Wynton Marsalis, Vivaldi*, Telemann*, Pachelbel*, M. Haydn*, Biber*, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard - Baroque Music For Trumpets (Album) CBS Masterworks, CBS Masterworks, CBS Masterworks US 1988 Sell This Version
88601 Fux*Zelenka*Telemann*Biber*Muffat* - Combattimento Consort Amsterdam Fux*Zelenka*Telemann*Biber*Muffat* - Combattimento Consort Amsterdam - Fux - Zelenka - Telemann - Biber - Muffat(CD, Album) Astoria 88601 Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version