Wagner, Gotthard [Joseph]
- Robert Münster
(b Erding, Dec 29, 1678; d Tegernsee, Dec 13, 1738). German composer. The son of a blacksmith, he first worked in his father's smithy. He attended grammar schools in the Augustine monastery of Weyarn and in Munich, then studied philosophy at the Benedictine abbey in Rott am Inn and theology at the Benedictine abbey in Tegernsee. In 1699 he entered that abbey and took his vows on 17 October 1700; he was ordained priest on 18 October 1705. From 1705 to 1707 and from 1716 to 1721 Wagner taught at the Benedictine grammar school in Freising. Between 1724 and 1727 he was preacher and minister at Maria Plain near Salzburg and from 1728 at Tegernsee. His obituary mentions that he was an excellent organist.
Wagner is a notable representative in south Germany of composers of the German and Latin sacred solo song with accompaniment for instruments and continuo. Only the second of his five printed collections of sacred arias survives complete. He also produced homiletic writings and books of exercises for Latin teaching. The manuscripts of his polyphonic sacred music (masses, litanies, antiphons etc.) have disappeared....