Kauffmann, Georg Friedrich
- Joshua Rifkin
- , revised by Peter Janson
(b Ostermondra, Thuringia, Feb 14, 1679; d Merseburg, Feb 24, 1735). German organist and composer. He received his early keyboard training from J.H. Buttstett in Erfurt and continued under J.F. Alberti in Merseburg, with whom he also studied composition. When Alberti suffered a stroke in 1698 which caused paralysis in his right hand, Kauffmann deputized for him, and in 1710 succeeded his teacher as organist at the court of Duke Christian I of Saxony and at Merseburg Cathedral. Kauffmann subsequently became court organist for the Duke of Saxe-Merseburg and was later promoted to court Kapellmeister.
Kauffmann’s music and reputation spread beyond Merseburg within a few years of his appointment in 1710. Bach’s friend J.G. Walther, who may have known Kauffmann in Erfurt, copied his chorale-prelude on Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir early in the second decade of the century (D-B Mus.Bach. P 802), and Walther’s pupil J.T. Krebs copied Kauffmann’s G major Fantasia at roughly the same time. (Two later manuscripts written by Walther, ...