Zacher [Zächer, Zaecher], Johann Michael
- Karl Pfannhauser
(b Vienna, bap. Aug 6, 1651; d Vienna, Sept 30, 1712). Austrian composer. He spent his entire life in Vienna. He attended the Jesuit college there from 1666 to 1668. From 1679 until his death he was Kapellmeister of the Stephansdom (where his father was sexton and where his younger brother Andreas, a court string player, sometimes played). One of his first important tasks would have been to direct music performed in June 1680 as part of a festival of thanksgiving for the ending of a plague; for directing the music on one Sunday that month he received a payment of 50 florins in the name of the emperor. He also carried out musical duties at the Salvatorkapelle and at court. By an imperial decree of 6 June 1698 he was given the title of imperial court musician. After the death in 1705 of the Emperor Leopold I he became Kapellmeister to the Dowager Empress Eleonora Magdalena Theresia. In ...