Johann David Heinichen, 1683-1729


Selected Recordings

La Gara degli Dei

Concert Grandi


Selected Sheet Music

Violin Concerto in D Major

Showcase Piece

Trio sonata for flute, viola d’amore & b.c. in F major

Notes and Commentary

Johann David Heinichen was a German Baroque composer and music theorist who brought the musical genius of Venice to the court of Augustus the Strong in Dresden. He studied music at the Thomasschule zu Leipzig with Johann Schelle and later received organ and harpsichord lessons with Johann Kuhnau. By profession he was a lawyer, and while practicing law in Weissenfels he published the first edition of his major treatise on the thoroughbass. He went to Italy and spent seven formative years there, mostly in Venice, with great success with his operas. Although Heinichen’s music is original, rhythmically exuberant, and imaginative, it was little known for a long time. His music is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, with some of his concerti, masses, and his final work, a Magnificat, now receiving attention in the recording world. He lived from April 17, 1683, to July 16, 1729.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

Thorough-Bass Accompaniment
Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1992
George Buelow
$49.99 on Amazon


Comprehensive Instruction on Basso Continuo
Pendragon Press, 2012
Casey Mongoven (trans.)
$36.00 on Amazon


Selected Music

Heinichen-3 Dresden Concerti (1993), 2-CD set

Heinichen-4 Concertos & Sonatas (2005), 1 CD

Heinichen-5 Dresden Wind Concertos (1999), 1 CD

More Johann David Heinichen music

Complete Works

Heinichen wrote hundreds of pieces in a variety of genres. Access complete list. Below are selected pieces.

Suite for 2 oboes & bassoon in G major
Suite for strings in G major
Tafelmusik in F major
Sinfonia in D major
Sinfonia in A major
Sinfonia in F major
Concerto grosso in C major
Concerto grosso in G major
Concerto a quattro in D major
Concerto grosso in D major
Concerto grosso in F major
Violin Concerto in D major
Violin Concerto in E flat major
Violin Concerto in B flat major
Violin Concerto in A minor
Complete list

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