Johann Caspar Kerll (9 April 1627 – 13 February 1693) was a German baroque composer and organist. He is also known as Kerl, Gherl, Giovanni Gasparo Cherll and Gaspard Kerle-

Born in Adorf the son of an organist, Kerll showed outstanding musical abilities at an early age, and was taught by Giovanni Valentini, court Kapellmeister at Vienna. Kerll became one of the most acclaimed composers of his time, known both as a gifted composer and an outstanding teacher. He worked at Vienna, Munich and Brussels, and also travelled widely. His pupils included Agostino Steffani, Franz Xaver Murschhauser, and possibly Johann Pachelbel, and his influence is seen in works by Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach: Handel frequently borrowed themes and fragments of music from Kerll's works, and Bach arranged the Sanctus movement from Kerll's Missa superba as BWV 241, Sanctus in D major.

Although Kerll was a well-known and influential composer, many of his works are currently lost. The losses are particularly striking in vocal music, with all 11 known operas and 24 offertories missing. The surviving oeuvre shows Kerll's mastery of the Italian concerted style, employed in almost all of his masses, and his highly developed contrapuntal technique. He was influenced by Heinrich Schütz in his sacred vocal music, and by Girolamo Frescobaldi in keyboard works.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Original Harpsichords from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands Gustav Leonhardt 2
1998 Batalles, Tientos & Passacalles Juan Cabanilles; Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall 1
1998 Alpenländer Gustav Leonhardt 1
1999 Het Historische Orgel in Nederland Various Artists 1
2002 Barocke Kammermusik Musica Antiqua Köln 1
2005 Missa Christi Resurgentis (The New York Collegium feat. conductor: Andrew Parrott) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber 1
2009 Die Quellen des jungen Bach (harpsichord: Céline Frisch) Céline Frisch 1
2010 Vespers Pachelbel; The King’s Singers, Charivari Agréable, Kah-Ming Ng 1
2012 Passacaglia Matthias Havinga 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Lope de Vega: Intermedios del Barroco Hispánico Hespèrion XX, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras 1
1992 Grandes Toccatas Pour Orgue Various Artists 1
1994 Organ Music in France and Southern Netherlands (Gustav Leonhardt) Various Artists 1
2006 Metamorphoses Fidei Montserrat Figueras, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall 1
2008 Gustav Leonhardt - Jubilee Edition Gustav Leonhardt 1
2012 Gustav Leonhardt - The Edition Gustav Leonhardt 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Organ in the Renaissance and the Baroque Gustav Leonhardt 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Baroque Organ Music (Peter Hurford) Various Artists 1

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