Joseph Leopold Eybler (1765 - 1846) was an Austrian
composer known today perhaps more for his friendship
with Mozart than for his own music.
Eybler was born into a musical family. His father was a
teacher, choir director and friend of the Haydn family.
Joseph Eybler studied music with his father before
attending Stephansdom (the cathedral school of St.
Stephen's Boys College) in Vienna. He studied
composition under Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, who
declared him to be the greatest musical genius in
Vienna apart from Mozart. He also received praise from
Haydn who was his friend, distant cousin and
In 1792 he became choir director at the
Karmeliterkirche (Carmelite Church) in Vienna. Two
years later he moved to the Schottenkloster, where he
remained for the next thirty years (1794-1824). Eybler
also held court posts, including that of court
Kapellmeister (chapel master) (182433). The Empress
Marie Therese commissioned many works from him,
including the Requiem in C minor (1803).
Although the Offertory: "Timebunt gentes nomen tuum
Domine" ("Gentiles shall fear thy name, O Lord") in C
minor was composed for Accompainied Chorus, I created
this arrangement for Winds (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet,
French Horn & Bassoon), Strings (Violins (2), Viola,
Cello & Bass) & Acoustic Piano.