Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel

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Cornelius Heinrich Dretzel (18 September 1697 (bapt.) – 7 May 1775) was a German organist and composer. He was born in Nuremberg, where he appears to have spent his whole life in various organists' posts, including:

He may have studied with J.S. Bach in Weimar (1716–1717), and his compositions reveal points of contact with Bach. They include a concerto for harpsichord solo, perhaps modelled on the Italian Concerto; this solo concerto was once thought to be by Bach; an early version of the slow movement was entered in the first edition of Schmieder's catalog as BWV897:1.


  • Oxford Composer Companions, J.S. Bach, 1999, p. 142

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