Bechler, Johann Christian
- Nola Reed Knouse
(b Baltic island of Oesel [now Saaremaa], Jan 7, 1784; d Herrnhut, Germany, April 18, 1857). German composer, organist, and pastor. Son of a Moravian minister, he was educated at Moravian schools in Niesky and Barby, Germany. Music was his favorite subject, and he wrote in his memoir that he “devoted every moment of time left by other duties, to the acquisition of the various branches of this charming art with the greatest delight, learning to sing, to play various stringed instruments, but more particularly the piano and the organ.”...