Franz Sparry

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Franz Sparry (28 April 1715 – 7 April 1767;[1] also known as Josef Sparry) was a composer of the Baroque period.

Sparry was born in Graz, and studied at the University of Salzburg[2] before joining the Benedictine order. He subsequently went back to Salzburg to study theology, and began his career as a composer; he wrote a Tafelmusik, his best-known work. From 1747 he was director of music at Kremsmünster Abbey.[3] He died in Kremsmünster.


  1. ^ "Oestreichs Prälaturen" (incl. biography of Franz Sparry), in Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, no. 28, columns 457–460. 15 July 1829
  2. ^ Oxford Music Online entry. Accessed 31 March 2015
  3. ^ Howard E Smither, A History of the Oratorio, vol. 3. University of North Carolina Press, 1987. ISBN 0807812749. p. 44