Baptiste, Ludwig Albert Friedrich [Battista, Luigi Alberto Federigo]
- Christiane Bernsdorff-Engelbrecht
[Battista, Luigi Alberto Federigo]
(b Oettingen, Aug 8, 1700; d Kassel, c1764). German composer, probably of French descent. He was a son of the dancing-master Johann Baptiste, who was at the Darmstadt court from 1703, and was taught dancing by his father. After 1718 he travelled to Paris, Italy and elsewhere in Europe, and in 1726 he was employed as a dancing-master in Kassel. The title-pages of his published works show that he must have been employed after the death of Count Carl (1730) by Carl's son Friedrich, who was at the same time King of Sweden, and his successor, Wilhelm VIII. Baptiste was considered an ‘excellent violinist and composer for his instrument’; at the same time he was also praised on his travels as a ‘musician and dancer’. Yet, with the exception of 24 minuets, only his chamber works are known. They are typical of the galant style around ...