Franz Xaver Schnizer (also Schnitzer) (1740 - 1785) was
a German composer and organist. Early on, he was a
chorister in the Benedictine Abbey in Ottobeuren where
he learned musical composition and was trained as an
organist. After quitting the religious profession and
priestly ordination in 1766, he became organist at the
local pen until his death. He became responsible for
spiritual duties for the position of choir director and
music instructor. He died in 1785 in Ottobeuren.
Schnizer created almost exclusively religious works.
Mainly a Requiem, Magnificat, Vespers, and musical
comedies. His compositional output is only
fragmentarily preserved and today largely forgotten.
His compositions have probably reached in his lifetime
only to regional distribution. Some of his works are
Although originally written for Flutes & Strings, I
created this arrangement forWoodwind Quintet
(Flutes(2), Oboe, Bb Clarinet & Bassoon).