Philipp Heinrich Erlebach (25 July 1657 - 17 April 1714) was a German Baroque composer.
His compositions include orchestral and chamber music, operas, cantatas, Masses and oratorios.
Erlebach was a prolific composer, but most of his works (over 1000 compositions), which had been acquired by the court from Erlebach's widow after his death, were destroyed in 1735 during a fire in Rudolstadt. This caused Erlebach’s music to be almost completely forgotten. Only 70 compositions (about 7 percent of his working output) survived, some only in handwritten manuscript form, which later had to be transcribed. Much of his posterity is dependent upon published editions of his works.
About 90 of his sacred cantatas still exist, out of a total of more than 400. The destroyed material also included 24 Masses and at least six complete cycles of cantatas for the Lutheran church year. Erlebach also composed secular vocal music and song, included in a 1697 published collection titled 'Harmonische Freude musicalischer Freunde', which contains over 75 such pieces. From the more than 120 instrumental works Erlebach is known to have produced, only 13 pieces survive. Text source : Wikipedia (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)