Johann Christian Kittel

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Synopsis[edit]

German composer, organist, and teacher

  • 1732 born in Erfurt
  • Erfurt, studied with Jakob Adlung
  • 1748-50, Leipzig, studied with Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 1751-56, Langensalza, organist and teacher
  • 1756-1762, Erfurt, organist at Barfüßerkirche
  • 1762-1809, Erfurt, organist at Predigerkirche, replacing Jakob Adlung upon his death
  • 1800-01, Hamburg, concert tour and composing Vierstimmige Choräle mit Vorspielen ... für die Schleswig-Hollsteinischen Kirchen
  • 1801-1808, Erfurt, known organ composition period
  • 1809 died in Erfurt

Although he composed some larger pieces, such as the Grosse Präludien, Johann Christian Kittel preferred to compose pieces in a simple, liturgical style. This is evidenced in his work, Der angehende praktische Organist, oder Anweisung zum zweckmässigen Gebrauch der Orgel bei Gottesverehrungen in Beispielen, or The prospective practical organist, or instruction for expedient use of the organ in worship of God in examples. He also considered himself to be "grounded in the principles of Bach".

For details, see the Wikipedia article on Johann Christian Kittel.

List of Organ Works[edit]

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Opus Title Year
Op. ?? Der angehende praktische Organist, oder Anweisung zum zweckmässigen Gebrauch der Orgel bei Gottesverehrungen in Beispielen 1801-1808
Op. ?? Vierstimmige Choräle mit Vorspielen ... für die Schleswig-Hollsteinischen Kirchen 1803
Op. ?? 24 Choräle mit 8 verschiedenen Bässen über eine Melodie 1811
Op. ?? Grosse Präludien  ????
Op. ?? 24 kurze Choralvorspiele  ????
Op. ?? Variationen über 2 Choräle  ????
Op. ?? 24 leichte Choral-Vorspiele  ????

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Moderato in G, Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, performed by Felipe Dominguez

Johann Christian Kittel: Praeludium G-Dur, performed by Frederik Kranemann

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