Often called the Swedish Mozart, Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) can be considered the principle figure at the court of Gustav III of Sweden whose idiosyncratic love for the theatre led to the creation of a unique cultural milieu. Kraus, born in Germany and trained by members of the Mannheim orchestra, was a member of the Sturm und Drang Hainbund and later achieved a considerable reputation for his music, conducting, and pedagogocal interests. This work contains an expanded thematic catalogue outlining the music of this composer arranged systematically according to genre. Part I contains a series of essays giving a source-critical study, including issues of authenticity and chronology. Part II is devoted to the catalogue itself.
Bertil H. Van Boer
Received his baccalaureate degree from the University of California in Berkeley and masters in music history from the University of Oregon following additional studies in composition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and in German literature at the University of British Columbia. His doctoral work was done at Cornell University and Uppsala University in Sweden, from which he received his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1983. An active professional violist and conductor, he has performed with orchestras in Austria, Canada, Germany, Sweden, the United States, and Nicaragua. As a musicologist, he is recognized as an authority on music of the eighteenth century, with emphasis on opera and music in Scandinavia with articles appearing in The Journal of Musicology, Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, Ars Lyrica, Journal of Musicological Research, Historic Brass Society Journal, Journal of Musicology, Scandinavian Studies, as well as numerous international symposium and conference reports. He is the author of several books on Scandinavian music and Swedish-German composer Joseph Martin Kraus. He is currently Professor of Musicology-Theory at Western Washington University as well as past President of the Society for Eighteenth Century Music.