From the Liner Notes:
He was considered to be one of the best harpsichordists of his time and he was famous for making well known and spreading the art of ornamentation in Germany as well as a perfect performing style on this instrument.
That is the estimation Ernst Ludwig Gerber gave in his Historisch-biographisches Lexicon der Tonk?nstler to Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656?1746), a composer and Kapellmeister to the Baden court.
His talent was rated extraordinarily high by his contemporaries; Mauritius Vogt in the Conclave thesauri magnae artis musicae (published in Prague, 1719) called him ?the most perfect composer of our era? (?nostri aevi componista absolutissimus?). It is known that J. S. Bach kept copies of Fischer?s compositions and that this music was a source of inspiration for him. Modern research regards Fischer as a great composer of keyboard music, on a par with Froberger and Bach. Furthermore, he is written about as a musician who in German speaking countries was able to elucidate the peculiarities of the French style.
According to the Czech musicologist Tomislav Volek, Fischer was born on September 6th, 1656 in the Bohemian town of Sch?nfeld which is not far from Karlsbad. He attended the Piarist school in Schlackenwerth and probably received a good musical education there (the clergy of this order devoted much attention to music).
The residence of Julius Franz, the Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg, was located in Schlackenwerth and he was a man who cared greatly about his court?s reputation and maintained a large Hofkapelle. Fischer continued his musical studies under the direction of one of the court musicians although it is not known who exactly his teacher was. Apparently, Fischer was appointed to the Kapelle immediately upon graduating (and there is a lot of evidence that this was the case). There he got a splendid opportunity to study the new tendencies in musical art. The duke often travelled and orchestra musicians had to accompany him. According to some accounts Fischer also spent quite a long time in France but even if this was not the case he undoubtedly had plenty of chance to study the French style in Schlackenwerth, since from 1683 onwards Georg Blayer, who was famous in Paris as the first German composer to write and publish dances in the Lully style, worked at the Kapelle. Fischer?s successful career at the court is evidence of his ability, and his talent was both well recognized and in high demand. Indeed after the death of the Kapellmeister Augustin Pfleger it was Fischer who became his successor. In 1689 at the age of 48 the duke Julius Franz died suddenly. He had no sons and his Bohemian lands were shared between his two unmarried daughters, Anna Maria Franziska and Sybilla Augusta. Having received a good dowry both princesses could count on an advantageous marriage. Emperor Leopold I supposed that the eldest should marry Ludwig Wilhelm, the Margrave of Baden. The margrave took part in the war with the Turks and his contribution to this campaign was indisputable, but whilst fighting in the Balkans his Baden estate was ravaged by the French army and the land of Saxe-Lauenburg would have compensated for those losses. However, despite the emperor?s choice Ludwig Wilhelm preferred the younger of the two sisters Sybilla Augusta and their wedding took place on March 27th, 1690 in Raudnitz on the Elbe. The first years of their marriage were tough, so the young couple could not even think about maintaining any representative court staff. Ludwig Wilhelm commanded armies in the Balkans and the Upper Rhine and the young countess remained in Schlackenwerth or travelled together with her husband having to live in military camps.
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