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Biber’s Violin Sonatas

A Bohemian violinist walks away from one employer for the hope of greener grass on the other side.

salzburg

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The Cathedral of Salzburg built in the seventeenth century.

During his life, Heinrich Franz von Biber was considered the greatest living violinist. Early in his professional career, he worked as a musician for the bishop of Olmütz, Karl Liechtenstein-Castelcorno, and he was sent to negotiate prices for new string instruments with a violin maker. Instead, Biber permanently left the court of the bishop for a more lucrative position with the archbishop of Salzburg. Bishop Liechtenstein could not really do anything in retaliation to Biber’s sudden departure, so he contented himself with not officially giving his permission for Biber to leave until six years later. Although he didn’t leave bishop Liechtenstein with a good impression, in Salzburg, his career took off.

Music Heard On This Episode

Heinrich Franz von Biber: Sonata I: Variatio
Romanesca — Biber Violin Sonatas (Harmonia Mundi, 2011)
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Heinrich Franz von Biber: Sonata I: Variatio
Romanesca — Biber Violin Sonatas (Harmonia Mundi, 2011)
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Heinrich Franz von Biber: Sonata Representativa: Musketeer's March
Romanesca — Biber Violin Sonatas (Harmonia Mundi, 2011)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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