Wecker, Georg Caspar
- Harold E. Samuel
(b Nuremberg, bap. April 2, 1632; d Nuremberg, April 20, 1695). German organist, composer and teacher. After lessons with his father, Johann, a ‘gold spinner’, he developed so successfully under Kindermann that ‘at the age of 16 he was allowed to play the clavier in the churches’ (Doppelmayr). He was employed throughout his career as an organist in Nuremberg: from the age of 19 at St Walpurg, from three years later (1654) at the Frauenkirche, from 1658 to 1686 at Egidienkirche and from 1686 until his death at the parish church, St Sebaldus, where his successor was Johann Pachelbel.
Wecker and the somewhat older Heinrich Schwemmer are important in the 17th-century teacher–pupil tradition of the Nuremberg school, stemming from Johann Staden through his pupil Kindermann to Schwemmer and Wecker and on to their pupils of the fourth generation, Nikolaus Deinl, J.B. Schütz, Maximilian Zeidler, Johann Krieger and Pachelbel. From Schwemmer they learnt singing and the rudiments of music, after which Wecker taught them keyboard instruments and composition. Other pupils of Wecker were Johann Löhner, the printer W.M. Endter, C.F. Witt and Nicolaus Vetter. Wecker clearly earned a measure of fame as an organist, for Printz (...