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Johannes Matthias Sperger
Born March 23, 1750(1750-03-23)
Feldsberg, Lower Austria
Died May 13, 1812 (aged 62)
Schwerin, Germany
Residence Vienna, Pressburg, Kohfidisch, Ludwigslust
Occupation Contrabassist, composer

Johannes Matthias Sperger, also often Johann, (Czech: Jan Maty√°Ň° Sperger; March 23, 1750, Feldsberg[1]  ‚Äď May 13, 1812, Schwerin) was an Austrian contrabassist and composer.

Sperger trained from 1767 in Vienna as a contrabassist and composer. He worked from 1777 in the Hofkapelle of the Archbishop of Pressburg. From 1778 he was also a member in the Wiener Tonk√ľnstlersoziet√§t, in whose concerts he appeared several times with his own works and as soloist. From 1783 to 1786, Sperger was a member of the Hofkapelle of count Ludwig von Erd√∂dy in Kohfidisch. From 1789 he was employed as first contrabassist of the Mecklenburg Schwerin Hofkapelle in Ludwigslust. He was an extremely productive composer who wrote more than forty-four symphonies, numerous instrumental concertos, among them eighteen contrabass concertos, sonatas, rondos and dances, cantatas, choral works, and airs.

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  1. ^ At the time of his birth, Feldsberg was part of Lower Austria
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