Johann Baptist Schiedermayr (1778 - 1840) was a German
classical composer born near Straubing. He was director
of the choir of Linz cathedral. He wrote church music
in a Haydn-like style. He was the Elder son of Georg
Schiedermayr (teacher), who taught in the monastery
Pfaffenmünster. His older brother Georg was organist in
the Premonstratensian Windberg and the younger brother
Franz Xaver later became a teacher and composer.
Johann Baptist Schiedermayr the Elder was trained by
his father early in singing and came in 1788 as a choir
boy in the monastery of the Premonstratensians in
Windberg, where his brother George was already active
as an organist, and learned there to play the
In 1791 he went to the Benedictine Abbey Oberalteich
and received lessons there from Father Ignaz Edmund
Härtl and the school teacher Stephan Fuchs in singing
and in the study of the bass.
In 1793, at the age of 14, he came to the Electoral
Study and Music Seminar in Straubing and was the best
organist among 24 students. Here he received lessons
from Thaddäus Wolfgang Freiherr von Dürnitz
(1756-1807), one of the best piano players of his time.
Two Latin teachers trained him on the instruments flute
and violin. The following year, Johann Baptist
Schiedermayr the Elder began to compose: a tantum ergo
with 4 voices, an Alma redemtoris mater and a Mass in D
major for his father.
In 1796 he left the seminary and went to the Canon
monastery St. Nikola near Passau. At first he was
employed as a bassist and later as an organist, at the
same time he studied theology at the "Collegium
academicum". He studied in the second course, as part
of the secularization all monasteries and pens were
canceled in Bavaria.
Because he saw in Bavaria no future for himself, he
moved to Austria and applied in a trial concert in
Schärding for the body of the late gymnast / organist
Eggerstorfer. The condition for the award of the
position was that he would have to take the eldest
daughter of the deceased as his wife. He refused,
however, and did not get the job, but met at the
rehearsal concert his future wife, the youngest
daughter Barbara Eggerstorfer know.
On February 24, 1804, he went to Linz and was used as a
musician under the cathedral and city Kapellmeister
Franz Xaver Glöggl in the church, in the theater and at
the Civil Guard on various instruments until 1810 hired
as a cathedral and city parish organist has been. He
was 1st Kapellmeister at the Landestheater, was the
conductor of the Redoutenbälle and he composed masses,
dances for social concerts and occasional pieces, he
also gave from 1823 to 1837 Singing lessons at the
singing school of the Linzer Gesellschaft der
Musikfreunde. In 1839, after the death of Franz Xaver
Glöggl, Johann Baptist Schiedermayr the Elder became a
provisional Cathedral and Stadtpfarrkapellmeister.
Although originally scored for Chorus (SATB) and
Orchestra, I created this Arrangement of the Missa in
Bb Major for Small Orchestra (Bb Trumpets, Flutes,
Oboes, Clarinets, French Horns, Bassoons, Timpani,
Violins, Violas & Cellos).