Baroque composer and organist known for "Canon in D" and for his contributions to the south German organ tradition. He has been named one of the most important contributors to the middle Baroque era for his fugue and chorale prelude pieces.
He studied music at the University of Altdorf, beginning in 1669, but had to leave without completing even a year because of finances.
He composed numerous works for chorales, choirs, and keyboards, some of which--"Chaconne in F minor," "Toccata in E minor," and the "Hexachordum Apollinis"--are still frequently performed.
He fathered six children, three sons, and three daughters with his wife Judith Drommer.
His masterpiece "Canon in D" was used extensively in the 1980 film "Ordinary People" starring Donald Sutherland.