Bühler [Bihler, Pühler], Franz [Gregor]
- Hermann Ullrich
(b Unterschneidheim, nr Wallerstein, April 12, 1760; d Augsburg, Feb 4, 1823). German composer. He received his musical education at the minorite monastery of Maihingen, at the Benedictine abbey of Neresheim and at the Jesuit school in Augsburg in 1777. In 1778 he entered the Benedictine abbey of Donauwörth; he took vows in 1779, adopting the monastic name of Gregor, and was ordained priest on 5 June 1784. After obtaining permission to live outside the community in 1794, he became Kapellmeister and composer at the Palazzo Menz in Bolzano, and in 1798 at the latest assistant organist at the parish and collegiate church there. From 1801 to 1822 he was Kapellmeister of Augsburg Cathedral. As a composer Bühler was influenced especially by J.M. Demmler and Antonio Rosetti. Settings of the mass are at the heart of his extensive output, which ranges from simple hymns to the monumental Passion oratorio ...