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Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner


A singing teacher, organist, conductor and composer of German birth who settled in Stockholm by 1781.
He was an organ pupil of Vierling and a voice student of Hiller and was taught in the custom of Bach. In Stockholm he became the church organist for the German church, St Gertrud, and the director of singing for the Royal Opera, eventually becoming the musical director for the court. He brought the discipline of singing to the University of Uppsala and was able to produce his oratorio "Forsonaren pa Golgatha." He also developed the a capella style of singing, set for four-part male chorus, in Scandinavia. Unfortunately he was terminated from his position at St Gertrud's, but continued to compose sacred music and was a great contributor to Wallin's hymnbook. ~ Keith Johnson, Rovi


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