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Viol players at the Brandenburg Court, 1611-c1700


from Curt Sachs, Musik und Oper am kurbrandenburgischen Hof (Berlin, 1910/R 1977)


In place at Rowe's appointment (under Elector Johann Sigismund, r. 1608-1619):

?Johann Stenzell [Stanislaus] von Pflichten, violist (mentioned 1611 and 1613)

?Bernhardin, violist and lutenist (mentioned 1612 and 1613)

Adam Zarzebsky (Jarzebsky), violist and violinist (employed 1612-1615)

Under Georg Wilhelm (r. 1619-1640):

Matthäus Krüger (1621)

Ambrosius Scherle (1621-46)

Valentine Flood , Englishman (appointed 1629; also served as Hofkunstpfeifer in Königsberg)

Johann David from Hamburg (1629-36; absent 1636-7; mentioned 1667 as `somewhat confused in the head')

Walter Rowe the younger (served 1638-1672)

Under Friedrich Wilhelm `der Grosse' (r. 1640-88)

Ditrich Stoeffken (served 1642-c1655)

Zacharias Madra, pupil of Rowe 1642-50 (appointed 1650; not listed in 1656)

Johann Peter Gärtner, engaged as lutenist 1644; appointed as violist 1647; Rowe pupil
(teacher of Helwig, Strebelow, Gohl)

Johann Friedrich Helwig

Christian Paschke

Georg Püsternick, Rowe pupil in 1656 (appointed 1658)

Matthias Strebelow, pupil of Rowe and Gärtner in 1656 (appointed 1663)

Franz Bärenfänger, pupil of Rowe before 1667

Jacob Bernhard, from Dresden (1661-1681/2)

Dacid Adams, violist and harpist, son of harpist Edward Adams (appointed 1662; 1670-2 absent in England; Berlin 1673- after 1679)

Johann Gohl, pupil of Rowe and Gärtner in 1660 (served 1663-90)

Appointed at or soon after Rowe's death:

Wilhelm Ludwig Volgelsang (appointed 1671; in England 1677 - see Wilson, Roger North on Music, p.351; served until after 1707)

Jacob Heischkel (Heuskel), (served 1671-79)

Johann Georg Lösenitzer from Bayreuth (served 1676-1708)


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