Aiblinger, Johann Caspar
- Siegfried Gmeinwieser
(b Wasserburg am Inn, Feb 23, 1779; d Munich, May 6, 1867). German composer. Although his first contact with music may well have been through the choirmaster of St Jakob in Wasserburg, Johann Sebastian Dietz (1711—93), Aiblinger received his first musical training at the Benedictine Abbey at Tegernsee. In 1795 he moved to the Jesuit Gymnasium in Munich, run by Benedictines since 1794, at the same time having lessons in composition with Joseph Schlett. From 1801 he studied theology at the university of Landshut. He then went to Italy: to Vicenza (1803), Venice (1810) and briefly to Milan (1811). During this time Simon Mayr, who lived in Bergamo, was his adviser and friend. In 1819 he returned to Munich, where he became Kapellmeister at the Italian Opera (he failed to obtain the job of vice-Kapellmeister at the royal court). In ...