Maichelbeck, Franz Anton [Maichelbek, Franciscum Antonium]
- Douglas A. Lee
[Maichelbek, Franciscum Antonium]
(b nr Konstanz, July 6, 1702; d Freiburg, June 14, 1750). German composer and cleric. He was the son of Sebastian Maichelbeck and Anna Maria Koch. In 1721 he was a student of theology in Freiburg, but by 1725 had moved to Rome to study music. After his return to Freiburg in 1727 or 1728, he served as organist and minor church official (praesentarius) at Freiburg Cathedral and professor of Italian at the university (1730). His obituary describes him as a very learned man of music, highly esteemed by his contemporaries.
Maichelbeck’s most important published works, Die auf dem Clavier spielende … Caecilia op.1, and Die auf dem Clavier lehrende Caecilia op.2, were directed towards the amateur keyboard player and present both theoretical instruction and material for performance. The study pieces, labelled as sonatas, each consist of a series of binary movements in the style of a dance or variation; in this format they are more in the realm of the keyboard suite than of the sonata. The pervasive two-part texture offers ample opportunity for the performer to fill in harmonies and ornamentation, as Maichelbeck suggested in the preface, but there is little evidence of the Italian style to which he referred in the title. In his op.2 (...