HEINRICH IGNAZ FRANZ BIBER

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (12 August 1644 – 3 May 1704) was a Bohemian-Austrian composer and violinist. Born in the small Bohemian town of Wartenberg (Stráž pod Ralskem), he worked at Graz and Kroměříž before he illegally left his Kremsier (Kroměříž) employer (Prince-Bishop Carl Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn) and settled in Salzburg.
Biber was one of the most important composers for the violin in the history of the instrument. He also wrote one of the earliest known pieces for solo violin, the monumental passacaglia of the Mystery Sonatas.

Passacaglia for solo violin (1676)
Elicia Silverstein, baroque violin.

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