History

Direct of Music at St. Stephen’s Cathedral

It was not until the 17th century that the cathedral’s Directors of Music were referred to as such, ‘Domkapellmeister’ to use the German term. Between 1356 and 1500, 21 cantors are mentioned within the incomplete documents, some of whom held the ecclesiastical office of ‘cantor’, others who were actually responsible for the music. In later centuries, during the final years of the Director of Music’s life, they had an unpaid adjunct who would be permitted to succeed the Director of Music. Names and dates are known in only very few cases.

The most famous among them was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A few months before his death – likely on 28 April 1791 – he applied to the magistrate of Vienna for the position of Adjunct to the Director of Music at St. Stephen’s.

As the cathedral’s then Director of Music, Leopold Hofmann, was seriously ill, Mozart hoped to be awarded his position in the event of his death. He received a positive response on 9 May.

But it was not to be: Hofmann regained his health, Mozart did not become the Cathedral’s Director of Music and died the same year. Though it cannot be proven, it is very probable that Mozart occasionally replaced the ailing Director of Music, Hofmann, at the cathedral and thus played music at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the final six months before his death.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIK AT THE CATHEDRAL/CANTORS

1439 – 1444

Hermann Edlerauer (also Edlerawer)

1463

Thomas List

1501 – 1504

Kaspar Manndl

1509 – 1527

Kaspar Slussler

1527 – 1529

Georg Stennczl

(1529) 1531 – 1536

Hanns Lanckbuss (also Lankbusch)

1536 – 1545

Mathes Tutt (also Thut / Thun)

1545 – 1548 (1552)

Wolfgang Gebhart

1553

Kaspar (Stephan) Capus

1553 – 1569

Lukas Plassmanx

1571 – 1572

Michael Petauer (also Pethauer / Peltauer)

1572 – 1573

Simon de Roy

1573 – 1580

Judas Pyerpant (also Pierpandt)

1585 – 1600

Hilarius Nunitsch

1600 – 1609

Wolf(gang) Khöberl

1609 – 1619 (?)

Quintin de la Court

1619 – 1631

Christoph Strauss (1575-1631)

1631 – 1633

Johann Kreutzer

1632 – 1663

Johann Winsauer (1595-1670)

1663 – 1665

Wolfgang Ebner (1611-1665)

1665 – 1666

Georg Kopp (1600-1666)

1666 – 1678

P. Augustin Kerzinger (also Kürzinger)

1678 – 1679

Michael Stadler

1697 – 1705

Johann Michael Zacher (1679 – 1712)
(also Director of Music for Maria Pocs)

1712 – 1715

Johann Josef Fux (1660 – 1741)
(Director of Music for Maria Pocs as far back as 1705)

1715 – 1738 (?)

Georg Reutter d. Ä. (1656 – 1738)
(Director of Music for Maria Pocs as far back as 1712)

 

Johann Georg Reinhardt (1676 – 1742)
(1720 – 1740 Director of Music for Maria Pocs)

 

Ferdinand Schmidt (1693 – 1756)
(1743 – 1756 Director of Music for Maria Pocs)

1736 (?) – 1772

Georg Reutter d. J. (1708 – 1772)
(1759 – 1772 also Director of Music for Maria Pocs)

1772 – 1793

Leopold Hofmann (1738 – 1793)
(1772 – 1783 also Director of Music for Maria Pocs)

1793 – 1809

Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736 – 1809)

1809 – 1823

Josef Preindl (1756 – 1823)

1824 – 1844

Johann Baptist Gänsbacher (1778 – 1844)

1844 – 1852

Josef Drechsler (1782 – 1852)

1853 – 1901

Gottfried von Preyer (1817 – 1901)

1903 – 1921

August Weirich (1858 – 1921)

1921 – 1946

Ferdinand Habel (1874 – 1953)

1946 – 1983

Anton Wesely (1908 – 1983)

1983 – 1991

Peter Planyavsky (Cathedral Music Director, *1947)

1991 – 2005

Johannes Ebenbauer (*1963)

2005 – 2006

Günter Knotzinger (interim director, *1943)

ab 2007

Markus Landerer (*1976)