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Johann Sigismund Kusser or Cousser (baptised 13 February 1660, Pressburg (Bratislava) – November 1727, Dublin) was a German composer who settled in Ireland..
The son of Johann Kusser, a Protestant cantor in Pressburg, Johann Sigismund and his parents moved to Stuttgart in 1674. Two years later he went to spend six years in Paris and the Palace of Versailles. There he met the French court composer Jean-Baptiste Lully and learned from him how to compose in the French style. Kusser was then employed at the princely courts in Baden-Baden and Ansbach, before in October 1683 taking a trip to Germany.
In 1690 he became the first Kapellmeister of the new opera house in Braunschweig. In the following years he married Hedwig Melusine von Damm, daughter of a Ratsherr of Braunschweig. Their daughter Auguste Elisabeth married the Braunschweig chronicler Philipp Julius Rehtmeyer. During his time in Braunschweig, Kusser wrote eight operas, enriching the Italian-influenced repertoire. Disagreements in 1694 with the librettist and court poet Friedrich Christian Bressand led Kusser to move to the Oper am Gänsemarkt in Hamburg. He then left Hamburg at the end of 1695 and, after spells working in Nuremberg and Augsburg, took a post at the court of Eberhard Louis, Duke of Württemberg in 1699, being made Hofkapellmeister there the following year.
At the end of 1704 he moved to London as a composer and private music teacher. In 1707 he went to Dublin and in 1711 was made Chapel-Master of Trinity College, Dublin. He was then appointed "Chief Composer" and "Master of the Music, attending His Majesties State in Ireland" in 1716, dying in Dublin in 1727. Kusser's works are now rarely played, but he influenced the following generation of composers, such as Reinhard Keiser, Johann Mattheson, Georg Philipp Telemann, Christoph Graupner, Georg Caspar Schürmann and Georg Friedrich Händel. (Wikipedia)
Johann Sigismund Kusser (1660-1727)
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