Educated in music at the Benedictine abbey at Melk, Albrechtsberger also studied philosophy at a seminary in Vienna. On completion of his studies, he became the organist at Melk cathedral and continued there for twelve years. In 1765, he was named choir-director of the Church of the Carmelites in Vienna. In 1772, he was appointed to the position of second court organist and in 1792 would become the First organist in addition to the Kappelmeister of St. Stephen's Cathedral. During his years in Vienna he was much sought after as a music theorist and teacher; his pupils including Hummel, Moscheles, Weigl and Beethoven. He was also a close friend of Joseph Haydn. Albrechtsberger produced a large quantity of works for the piano, organ and string quartets. He also published some theoretical works on composition, harmony and counterpoint. In 1798, he was named an honorary member of the Swedish Academy of Music.
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