Joseph Ignaz Schnabel (1767 - 1831) was a German
composer and church musician.
Schnabel came from a musical family and was taught
music early on by his father. As a child he was a
chorister of the church in Wroclaw Vincent and attended
by age 12, because he wanted to be a priest, St.
Matthias School. By a fall in the water, he retired due
to chronic ear problems, so he was no longer considered
a career as a suitable priest.
Schnabel's compositional output consisted mainly
instrumental accompaniment church music. With it, he
established a special Silesian tradition, also known as
Breslau school, which was widely independent of
restorative tendencies still alive until the Second
World War. Schnabel's best-known work is his treatment
of the archives of the Wrocław Cathedral
Weihnachtspastorale found an unknown composers from the
early 18th Century, "Transeamus usque Bethlehem"
(Travel to Bethelem), which must now be counted in the
standard repertoire of many church choirs.
Although originally created for accompanied chorus, I
created this arrangement of "Natum vidimus et choros
Angelorum collaudantes Dominum" ("We saw the child, and
the choirs of angels praising the Lord") for Acoustic
Piano & Woodwind Quartet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet and