Gebel, Georg

1709-1753

Organist and composer; born at Brieg, Silesia; was the son and pupil of Johann Georg. Commenced to play the harpsichord at four, and at twelve showed marked ability as an organist. For some time his father's assistant, he became second organist at St. Maria Magdalene, Breslau, in 1729, and later chapelmaster to the Duke of Oels. In 1735 he became a member of Count Brühl's Orchestra at Dresden, and from the inventor, Hebenstreit, learned to play the latter's pantaleon, a peculiar stringed instrument. In 1747 he was appointed leader and conductor to the Prince of Schwarzburg at Rudolstadt, where he died. Georg junior produced during his brief life about as many compositions as Johann Georg. During his residence at Breslau he composed considerable church and chamber-music, while at Rudolstadt he wrote over one hundred symphonies, partitas, concertos, and other compositions for orchestra; twelve operas, several cantatas and oratorios.