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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

Bohemian composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz (or Johan) Franz von Biber was born in Wartenburg on 12 August 1644. He began his career working for the Prince-Bishop of Olomouc, but left in enigmatic circumstances in 1670, then worked until his death in May 1704 for the Archbishop of Salzburg. He pioneered Scordatura (abnormal tuning) for the violin in his Biblical Sonatas, and his output includes much sacred music and two operas. He died in Salzburg on 3 May 1704.


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