Johann Paul von Westhoff, 1656-1705

Selected Recordings

6 Sonates for Violin et Basso continuo

Imitazione delle Campane

Suites for Solo Violin

Selected Sheet Music

Violin Sonata in A major


Notes and Commentary

Johann Paul von Westhoff was a German Baroque composer and violinist. One of the most important exponents of the Dresden violin school, he was among the highest ranked violinists of his day, and composed some of the earliest known music for solo violin. He worked as musician and composer as a member of Dresden’s Hofkapelle and at the Weimar court. Westhoff’s surviving music comprises seven works for violin and basso continuo and seven for solo violin, all published during his lifetime. More works, particularly a 1682 collection of solo violin music, are considered lost. His work, together with that of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Johann Jakob Walther, greatly influenced the subsequent generation of German violinists, and the six partitas for solo violin inspired Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous violin sonatas and partitas. He lived from 1656 to April, 17, 1705.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Selected Books and Music

Selected Books

The Instrumental Music of Schmeltzer, Biber, Muffat and Their Contemporaries
Ashgate Publishing Company, 2011
Charles Brewer
$83.91 on Amazon


Selected Music

esthoff-2 Sonatas for Violin & Basso Continuo (2005), 1 CD

Westhoff-3 Partitas for Solo Violin (2010), 1 CD

Westhoff-4 Complete Suites for Solo Violin (2004), 1 CD

Complete Works

Erstes Dutzend Allemanden, Couranten, Sarabanden und Giguen Violino Solo sonder Passo Continuo (lost)
Sonata for violin and basso continuo
Suite for violin solo
Sonate a Violino solo con basso continuo
Solo partitas for violin

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