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Carl Heinrich Graun

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Name  Carl Graun
Siblings  Johann Gottlieb Graun
Librettists  Frederick the Great
Role  Composer
Music group  Dresdner Kreuzchor
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Died  August 8, 1759, Berlin, Germany
Compositions  Montezuma, Montezuma, Demofonte, Demofonte, Gigue - for piano, Gigue - for piano, Artajerjes, Artajerjes
Similar People  Johann Gottlieb Graun, Frederick the Great, Leonardo Leo, Hans‑Christoph Rademann, Peter Schreier

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Carl Heinrich Graun (7 May 1704 – 8 August 1759) was a German composer and tenor singer. Along with Johann Adolph Hasse, he is considered to be the most important German composer of Italian opera of his time.


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Carl Heinrich Graun Carl Heinrich Graun Composer Short Biography

Graun was born in Wahrenbruck in the Margraviate of Brandenburg. In 1714, he followed his brother, Johann Gottlieb Graun, to the school of the Kreuzkirche, Dresden, and sang in the Dresdner Kreuzchor and the chorus of the Dresden Opera. He studied singing with Christian Petzold and composition with Johann Christoph Schmidt. In 1724, Graun moved to Braunschweig, singing at the opera house and writing six operas for the company. In 1735, Graun moved to Rheinsberg in Brandenburg, after he had written the opera Lo specchio della fedelta for the marriage of the then crown prince Frederick (the Great) and Elisabeth Christine in Schloss Salzdahlum in 1733. He was Kapellmeister to Frederick the Great from his ascension to the throne in 1740 until Graun's death nineteen years later in Berlin.

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Graun wrote a number of operas. His opera Cesare e Cleopatra inaugurated the opening of the Berlin State Opera (Konigliche Hofoper) in 1742. Montezuma (1755) was written to a libretto by King Frederick. His works are rarely played today, though his passion cantata Der Tod Jesu (The Death of Jesus, 1755) was frequently performed in Germany for many years after his death. His other works include concertos and trio sonatas.

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He married twice and had a daughter, who became a singer, from his first marriage and four sons from his second. His great-great-great-great-grandson, Vladimir Nabokov, became an eminent 20th-century novelist.

Stage works

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  • Polydorus (5 acts, 1726–28)
  • Iphigenia in Aulis (3 acts 1728)
  • Scipio Africanus (3 acts, 1732)
  • Lo specchio della fedelta (3 acts, 1733)
  • Pharao Tubaetes (5 acts, 1735)
  • Rodelinda, regina de' langobardi (3 acts, 1741)
  • Cesare e Cleopatra (3 acts, 1742)
  • Artaserse, libretto by Metastasio (3 acts, 1743)
  • Catone in Utica, libretto by Metastasio (3 acts, 1743)
  • Alessandro e Poro, libretto by Metastasio (3 acts, 1744)
  • Lucio Papirio (3 acts, 1744)
  • Adriano in Siria, libretto by Metastasio (3 acts, 1746)
  • Demofoonte, libretto by Metastasio (3 acts, 1746)
  • Cajo Fabricio (3 acts, 1746)
  • Le feste galanti (1747)
  • Cinna (3 acts, 1748)
  • L'Europa galante (1748)
  • Ifigenia in Aulide (3 acts, 1748)
  • Angelica e Medoro (3 acts, 1749)
  • Coriolano (3 acts, 1749)
  • Fetonte (3 acts, 1750)
  • Il Mithridate (3 acts, 1751)
  • L’Armida (3 acts, 1751)
  • Britannico (3 acts, 1751)
  • L'Orfeo (3 acts, 1752)
  • Il giudizio di Paride (1 act, 1752)
  • Silla (3 acts, 1753)
  • Semiramide (3 acts, 1754)
  • Montezuma (3 acts, 1755)
  • Ezio, libretto by Metastasio (1755)
  • I fratelli nemici (3 acts, 1756)
  • La Merope (3 acts, 1756)
  • Other works

  • Te Deum
  • Ein Lammlein geht und tragt die Schuld Passion cantata (ca. 1730)
  • Kommt her und schaut (Grose Passion) (1730)
  • Der Tod Jesu, Passion cantata (1755)
  • Oratorium in Festum Nativitatis Christi, Christmas oratorio
  • Easter Oratorium
  • Six Italian Cantatas
  • Concerto for Horn, Strings and Cembalo D major
  • Lieder (1743)
  • Sinfonia C major
  • Concerto for Viola da gamba
  • Harpsichord Concerto in C minor
  • References

    Carl Heinrich Graun Wikipedia

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