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Johann Friedrich Fasch (15 April 1688 – 5 December 1758) was a German violinist and composer.

Fasch was born in Buttelstedt. He was a choirboy in Weissenfels and studied under Johann Kuhnau at the famous St. Thomas School in Leipzig and later founded a Collegium Musicum in that city. He then traveled throughout Germany, becoming a violinist in the orchestra in Bayreuth in 1714 and holding a court post in Greiz. Also in 1714, Fasch studied composition with Christoph Graupner in Darmstadt. In 1722 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Zerbst, a post he held until his death. The organist Johann Ulich was his assistant.

His works include cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and chamber music. None of his pieces were printed in his lifetime, and a large number of his vocal works, including four operas, have been lost. However, he was held in high regard by his contemporaries (Johann Sebastian Bach made manuscript copies of a number of his pieces), and he is today considered an important link between the Baroque and Classical periods.

Fasch died in Zerbst at the age of 70. He was the father of Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, also a musician of note. The city of Zerbst/Anhalt has been hosting International Festivals since 1983, biennially since 1993. The Twelfth International Fasch Festival took place in Zerbst/Anhalt on 18–21 April 2013.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 The London Concert Joseph Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Wynton Marsalis, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 4
1995 Pachelbel: Canon / 2 Suites for Strings / Fasch: Concerto for Trumpet / 2 Symphonies Johann Pachelbel, Johann Friedrich Fasch; Orchestre de chambre Jean-François Paillard, Jean-François Paillard, Maurice André 1
2004 Concertos Johann Friedrich Fasch 1
2004 Overtures in G minor, D minor, and G major Johann Friedrich Fasch 1
2008 Concerti From Dresden and Darmstadt Johann Friedrich Fasch 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 Overture grosso in D major / Andante in D major / Concerto in D major / Concerto in B-flat major Live Johann Friedrich Fasch; Tempesta di Mare 1

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