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Johann Gottlieb Graun 1702-1771


Pupil of Pisendel and Tartini, Johann Gottlieb Graun taught violin to Bach's oldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann. After briefly serving as Konzertmeister in Merseburg (1726), Johann Gottlieb joined his younger brother, Carl Heinrich, in the employ of crown prince Frederick. Johann Gottlieb composed overtures, symphonies, solo concertos (mainly for violin and harpsichord), concerti grossi, trio sonatas, quartets, cantatas, and songs. J. G. Graun is mentioned in a letter (1775) from Carl Philip Emanuel to Forkel as one whose works his father had especially valued in his later years.

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