|28th December, 1651
In the Bavarian City of Nuremberg, the inspirational German keyboard composer Johann Krieger was born on this day three hundred and sixty-one years ago.
Contempories Johann Mattheson and George Frideric Handel praised his published collections Sechs musicalische Partien and Anmuthige Clavier-Übung for the rich variety of their harpsichord suites, organ toccatas, fugues and ricercars. Hundreds more were lost when Zittau was destroyed by fire in 1757, during the Seven Years' War.
But fortunately for us some works survive, and we -like the composer of the Messiah - can still experience the fierce joy of his incredible organ music. And he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah!