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Jakob Johann Froberger 1616-1667
Fellow student of countryman Kerll under the Italian master, Frescobaldi, Froberger served as court organist in Vienna intermittently in 1637, 1641-1645, and 1653-1657. Known primarily as a keyboard virtuoso, Froberger toured throughout Europe. In addition to composing the usual pieces for organ and harpsichord--partitas, ricercars, canzonas, fantasias, capriccios, fugues and toccatas--Froberger developed a new genre, the harpsichord suite. In a letter to Forkel, Carl Philipp Emanuel named Froberger as a composer whose works his father had admired.