The German composer and Kapellmeister Johann Friedrich Fasch was at the court of Weissenfels in 1700. Later he studied with Kuhnau at the Thomasschule in Leipzig. Fasch visited Zeitz and Darmstadt. He became violinist in Bayreuth (1714), organist in Greiz, Kapellmeister in Zerbst (1722), and he stayed in close contact with the courts in Dresden and Cöthen. He composed church cantatas, festival music, cantatas, symphony’s, overtures, sonatas and concertos, and he was held in high esteem by his contemporaries.
At least in Weissenfels he must have met the world of the lute through lutenists like the father Johann Anton Dürr and his four sons who came to Weissenfels in 1700. In Leipzig (1701–1707) he probably met early Leipzig lutenists like Schuchardt, Johann Gottfried Meley and David Hoyer, and later many other prominent musicians who may have inspired him to write his concerto including the lute.
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