Singen wir gerade im Chor, Hörempfehlung!
Rudolf Mauersberger, dir.
As a boy Johann Kuhnau had a lovely voice and a strong turn for music. He was put to the Kreuzschule at Dresden about 1669, where he became a Rathsdiscantist, and obtained regular instruction in music. On the breaking of his voice he worked the harder, and in addition to his music learned Italian. The plague in 1680 drove him home, but Geising was no field for his talent, and he went to Zittau and worked in the school, till the excellence of a motet which he wrote for the Rathswahl, or election of the town council, procured him the post of Kantor, with a salary on which he could study at leisure. He began by lecturing on French.
Johann Kuhnau’s next move was to Leipzig, in 1682, whither his fame had preceded him, and in that city of music he cast anchor for the rest of his life. In 1684 he succeeded Kühnel as organist at St. Thomas’s. In 1688 he founded a ‚Collegium Musicum,‘ or set of concerts. At the same time he was studying law, and qualified himself for the rank of advocate. In 1700 he was made musical dircotor of the University and of the two principal churches, and in 1701 Kantor. After this no further rise was possible.