Johann Kuhnau, (born
April 6, 1660—died June 5, 1722), German composer of
church cantatas and early keyboard sonatas.
Kuhnau studied music from
boyhood and became cantor at Zittau. From 1684 he was
organist at the Church of St. Thomas in Leipzig and was
cantor from 1701 until his death. He was succeeded at St.
Thomas by J.S. Bach. While also studying law, Kuhnau became
musical director of the University of Leipzig and is
believed to have written music for other churches in the
area as well. He wrote 14 annual cycles of church cantatas,
of which only a few remain, but he is best known for his
clavier compositions. He introduced into many of his dance
suites a prelude in free style. His sonatas are
characterized by a feeling for the keyboard as an instrument
of romantic expression. The biblical sonatas are program
music illustrating such stories as that of David and
Goliath. Kuhnau also wrote a satiric novel, Der
musickalische Quacksalber (1700; “The Musical Charlatan”),
deriding Italian musical affectation.
Johann Kuhnau Fresh Keyboard Fruits, John Butt Harpsichord
Johann Kuhnau The Biblical
Sonatas, John Butt
Kuhnau - Magnificat in C Major
Tom Koopman, Conductor and Organist
Kuhnau Frische Clavier - Früchte Sonata No.6
I Ciaconna - II - III Vivace - IV - V Ciaconne da
John Butt, harpsichord
Johann Kuhnau "Weicht
ihr Sorgen aus dem Hertzen" (1)
The King's Concort-
Dir. Robert King
Johann Kuhnau "Weicht ihr Sorgen aus dem Hertzen"