Johann Baptist Gänsbacher (1778 – 1844) was an Austrian
musical composer, born in Sterzing in the County of
His father, a schoolmaster and teacher of music,
undertook his son's early education, which the boy
continued under various masters until 1802, when he
became the pupil of the celebrated Abbé G. J.
To his connection with this artist and with his fellow
pupils, more perhaps than to his own merits,
Gänsbacher's permanent place in the history of music is
due; for it was during his second stay with Vogler,
then (1810) living at Darmstadt, that he became
acquainted with Weber and Meyerbeer, and the close
friendship which sprang up among the three young
musicians, and was dissolved by death only, has become
celebrated in the history of their art. But Gänsbacher
was himself by no means without merit.
In 1823-24, he was one of the 50 composers who composed
a variation on a waltz by Anton Diabelli for
He creditably filled the responsible and difficult post
of director of the music at St. Stephen's Cathedral,
from 1823 until his death in Vienna; and his
compositions show high gifts and accomplishment. They
consist chiefly of church music, 17 masses, besides
litanies, motets, offertories, etc., being among the
number. He also wrote several sonatas, a symphony, and
one or two minor compositions of a dramatic kind.
Although originally written for Harpsichord with
Violin, Violoncello, I created this arrangement for
Piano Duet (2 Piano's 4 Hands).