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date: 21 January 2020

Kellner, Davidlocked

  • George J. Buelow


(b Leipzig, c1670; d Stockholm, April 6, 1748). German organist, lutenist, composer and theorist. Nothing is known about his life before 1711 when he was in Stockholm as organist at the Jacobskyrka and as carillonneur at the German Church. Only vague evidence connects him with Leipzig and Hamburg, where he may have been a captain in the military. Kellner was one of the last of the lutenist virtuoso-composers. His only extant composition is a collection of 17 lute pieces (XVI [sic] Auserlesene Lauten-Stücke, Hamburg, 1747) in various dance forms, as well as more extended pieces described as fantasies and variations on a chaconne in A major. In 1720 Kellner composed a ‘musicalisches Concert’, Der frolockende Parnassus, for the name day (18 July) of King Frederick I of Sweden.

Kellner’s primary fame rests on his popular thoroughbass manual, Treulicher Unterricht im General-Bass, published in Hamburg in ...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society