Alternative Names/Transliterations: Johann Caspar von Kerll; Kerl, Gherl, Kerle, Cherll, Cherle, Kherl, Kherll; Johann Kaspar, Hanß Caspar, Giovanni Gasparo. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Johann Caspar Kerll (9 April – 13 February ) was a German baroque composer and organist. One of many German organist/composers celebrated in his day but little known to modern listeners, Johann Kaspar Kerll carried on the keyboard traditions of.

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The complex imitative counterpoint that dominates Kerll’s chamber music is also present in most of his sacred vocal works: Apparently after he demonstrated exceptional musical abilities, Kerll was given an opportunity to study music under Giovanni Valentini, court Kapellmeister in Vienna.

Johann Kaspar Kerll

Most of Kerll’s keyboard works are meant to be played on organ or harpsichord. 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.

Out of his vocal music, only 13 masses and 2 requiems have survived. The couple had eight children, but only one of them, the youngest son, pursued a career in music. Dies irae Munich, L’amor della patria superiore al’ ogn’ altro A pension was granted to him in by the emperor, who in employed him as one of his court organists. The losses are particularly striking in vocal music, with all 11 known operas and 24 offertories missing.

The works of Delectus sacrarum cantionummotets and sacred concertos for voices, are sectional compositions alternating between imitative writing and free, highly ornamented parts. In addition to these, an assortment of other keyboard pieces survives: Kerll wrote masses, requiems and Magnificats, sometimes for two or three choruses, frequently using concertato techniques. In Kerll moved to Vienna.

He would, however, maintain contact with Elector Ferdinand Maria until his death. The plague, commemorated by Kerll in Modulatio organicaa collection of liturgical organ music, resulted in Anna Catharina’s death. Born in Adorf in the Electorate of Saxony as the son of kerkl organist, Kerll showed outstanding musical abilities at an early age, and was taught by Giovanni Valentinicourt Kapellmeister at Vienna. It is modelled after Frescobaldi’s piece based on the same idea, Capriccio sopra il cuchobut is more structurally and harmonically complex.


He spent several years in Vienna, studying and working as a court organist, then moved to Rome, where he became a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi. Kerll was not an especially prolific composer, so the surviving works are relatively few.

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At the end of Kerll relinquished his Vienna position and returned to Munich, where he kegll shortly afterwards. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Partial chronology can be established using Kerll’s incomplete catalogue of his own works which is included in the Modulatio organica it is the earliest surviving thematic catalogue of a specific composer’s works: Two ostinato works survive, a passacaglia and kwrll chaconne, both built on a descending bass pattern; the passacaglia is perhaps Kerll’s most well-known work.

Bach in Leipzig Click here to search for this composer on CPDL. The four dance suites are also reminiscent of Froberger’s suites, yet two of them contain variation movements. The couple had eight children, but only one of them, the youngest son, pursued a career in music.

Johann Kaspar Kerll had a lot in common with Muffat and Froberger: Kerll thus belongs to the pedagogic tradition leading to J. Kerll was highly regarded by his contemporaries: This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat Short Biography Missa Superba. Amor tiranno ovvero Regnero innamorato In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Even though he was one of the most acclaimed composers of his time, known both as an gifted composer and an outstanding teacher, Kerll is virtually forgotten today and his music is rarely played or recorded.

Little is known about his childhood and youth. Kerll became one of the most acclaimed composers of his time, known both as a gifted composer and an outstanding teacher. Kerll’s Missa Superba 8vv in and performed the complete work in Leipzig February 13, – Munich, Bavaria, Germany.


Caspar Kerll probably gave music lessons to his son, who apparently demonstrated exceptional musical abilities; by he was already composing and sometime later during the early s he was sent johxnn Vienna to study under Giovanni Valentinicourt Kapellmeister and composer. Kerll gave up his post in Kasar in for unclear reasons there were rumors kwrll him quarreling with other court musicians, bad discipline in the court, etc. Although Kerll was a renowned teacher during his lifetime, his pupils did not, in all probability, include any considerably important composers, although Johann Joseph Fux possibly studied with him for a time.

Kerll is one of the ‘masters’ included in the music book that J. Kerll wrote numerous non-keyboard works, especially during the Munich years: Italian influence is easily traced in his pieces, and much of his keyboard music makes use of Froberger’s and Girolamo Frescobaldi ‘s techniques.

For some reason he was able to leave Johwnn time and again without losing his job: At the end of he relinquished his position, left Vienna and returned to Munich, where he died shortly afterwards. Agostino Steffani is perhaps his best-known pupil.

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Kerll stayed in Vienna for almost 10 years after that, visiting Munich several times between and In approximately Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, by then the governor of the Spanish Netherlands, appointed Johann Kaspar Kerl as a chamber organist for the new residental palace in Brussels.

English Wikipedia links Pages using SortWorks. The exceptions are four dance suites composed for harpsichord, and two toccatas from a set of eight toccatas organized by Church Modes: Oxford Composer Companion J.

Although Kerll was a well-known and influential composer, many of his works are currently lost. Johann Kerll studied Kerll’s style, which is particularly obvious from his organ chaconnes, which are reminiscent of Kerll’s ostinato works; he may have also studied with Kerll, although there is no proof.