Sparry was born in Graz, and studied at the University of Salzburg 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. He died in Kremsmünster.
- "Oestreichs Prälaturen" (incl. biography of Franz Sparry), in Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung, no. 28, columns 457–460. 15 July 1829
- Oxford Music Online entry. Accessed 31 March 2015
- Howard E Smither, A History of the Oratorio, vol. 3. University of North Carolina Press, 1987. ISBN 0807812749. p. 44