Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

(1644 - 1704)

German-Bohemian violinist and composer, becoming Kapellmeister at Salzburg, 1684. Prolific composer for violin, his many sonatas include the 15 Mystery (or Rosary) sonatas, c. 1678. Also wrote two operas, a Requiem, chamber music, trumpet concerto, and 'Nightwatchman' Serenade (for 2 violins, 2 violas, and continuo). His 8 violin sonatas with continuo (1681) demand a virtuoso's technique. His Battalia is an early example of programme music. Read more on Wikipedia.