Andreas Hofer (composer)

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Andreas Hofer (ca. 1629 – 25 February 1684) was a German composer of the Baroque period.

Hofer was born at Reichenhall. He was a contemporary of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, whose predecessor he was in Salzburg in his office of Inspector and Hofkapellmeister, i.e., director of the court orchestra.[1] Like Biber, Hofer was noted for his large-scale polychoral sacred works. It has been suggested that Hofer was the composer of the famous Missa Salisburgensis à 53 voci, which earlier had been attributed to Orazio Benevoli,[2] although it is now accepted that it was the work of Biber.[3]

Hofer died at Salzburg. His compositions contain significant roles for instruments like the cornetto, trombone or sackbut and trumpet. Little of his music has been performed or recorded in recent times; several scores, however, have been made available.


  • Missa Archi Episcopalis à 19: 8 Voci Concertati SSAA/TTBB, 2 Violini, 2 Viole, 2 Cornetti, 2 Trombettae ("Clarini"), 3 Tromboni, Organo con Violone (1668?)[4]
  • Missa valete: SSATB, 2 Violini, 2 Viole, 2 Trombettae, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, Organo, Violone.
  • Dextera Domini à 17: SATB, SATB, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, 4 Viole da Braccia, Organo.
  • Fundata est Domus (De Dedicatione) à 12: SSATTB in concerto, SSATTB in ripieno, 2 Violini, 2 Viole, 2 Cornetti, Organo (with opening Sonata).
  • Gaudeamus exultemus à 15: SATB, SATB, 4 Viole da Braccia, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, Organo.
  • Estote fortes in bello à 15: SATB, SATB, 2 Violini, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, Organo
  • Dixit Dominus: SATB concertato & ripieno, SATB concertato & ripieno, 2 Violini o 2 Cornetti, 3 Viole o 3 Tromboni, Organo.
  • Magnificat à 17 (with Sonata): SATB, SATB, 4 Viole, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, Organo.
  • Te Deum laudamus à 23: SATB, SATB, 2 Violini, 2 Viole, 5 Trombettae, Timpani, 2 Cornetti, 3 Tromboni, Organo.


  1. Salmi e motetti: Laetatus sum, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall, 2008
  2. Salmi e motetti: Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domus, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall, 2007
  3. Salmi e motetti: Cum iucunditate cantemus, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall, 2007
  4. Musikalische Vesper (recording), Kassel: Rainer Kahleyss, P 2007
  5. Salmi e motetti: Laudate pueri Dominum, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall, 2004
  6. Salmi e motetti: Confitebor tibi Domine
  7. Salmi e motetti: Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall 2004
  8. Psalmen und Motetten (1654) / (selection) Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, Magdeburg: Edition Walhall, c 2004, Partitur, Stimmen
  9. Nisi Dominus
  10. Missa "Valete", Altötting: Alfred Coppenrath, c 1990
  11. Te Deum, Vienna: Universal-Edition, 1980
  12. Psalmi brevi, Vienna : Universal-Edition, 1979 c, 1. ed.

See also


  1. ^ Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Salzburger Landeskunde, vol. 29, Salzburg 1942 p. 193
  2. ^ cf. Orazio Benevoli, Missa Salisburgensis 1628 (facsimile), Salzburg-Munich: Pustet, 1969
  3. ^ Ernst Hintermaier, 'Missa Salisburgensis'. Neue Erkenntnisse über Entstehung, Autor und Zweckbestimmung, in: Musicologica Austriaca 1 (1977), pp. 154–196.
  4. ^ Score, ed. Werner Jaksch, 2008. Preface, p. I, PDF Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.


  • M. W. Barndt-Webb, Andreas Hofer. His Life and Music. PhD thesis, University of Illinois, 1972.
  • Ernst Hintermaier, 'Missa Salisburgensis'. Neue Erkenntnisse über Entstehung, Autor und Zweckbestimmung, in: Musicologica Austriaca 1 (1977), pp. 154–196.
  • Jürg Stenzl, Ernst Hintermaier (ed.), Salzburger Musikgeschichte: vom Mittelalter bis ins 21. Jahrhundert Salzburg-Munich : Pustet 2005, ISBN 3-7025-0511-3
  • Karl Weinmann, Andreas Hofer. In: Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, vol I, 1918.
  • Chris Woodstra, Gerald Brennan, Allen Schrott, All Music Guide to Classical Music: the definitive guide to classical music San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books 2005 ISBN 0-87930-865-6

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