In 1665 violinist-organist-composer Strungk became a musician in the Hofkapelle of the Elector of Hanover. From 1682-1686, while attending the Elector in Italy, Strungk met Corelli and came under the influence of the Italian style. In 1688 he moved to Dresden and became Kapellmeister there five years later. In 1693 he founded an opera house in Leipzig which opened with a performance of his "Alceste." Strungk wrote many operas, an oratorio, keyboard and chamber music. In a letter to Forkel, Carl Philipp Emanuel named Strungk as a composer whose works his father had admired.