It begins like child prodigy and receives a complete general education, which enables him to speak English, Italian, French, Latin as well as an early musical instruction: song, Violin, composition, Organ and Harpsichord. One of its professors is the organist Johann Nikolaus Hanff.
At the nine years age, he sings while being accompanied with the Harpe, plays of the organ to the church and fact part of the choruses of the opera of Hamburg; a few years later, it there sings as a soloist, directs the repetitions and composes of the operas.
In 1703, it becomes acquainted with Haendel, and begins a friendship which will last all their life. The two friends exchange councils, experiments even if their relations are sometimes stormy until fighting in duel for a musical question, but they are reconciled soon. Mattheson holds the main roles in operas of Haendel, this one holds the harpsichord and directs works of his/her friend; later, it will re-use in some of its works of the passages drawn from operas of Mattheson.
Together, they make the voyage to Lübeck to hear there and to meet celebrates it organist Dietrich Buxtehude, perhaps hoping to obtain its succession. But they regain Hamburg or Mattheson, in 1704 becomes tutor of the son of the ambassador of Great Britain from which it becomes, moreover, direct collaborator in 1706. This position brings to him a privileged social status and incomes for many years. He married English and it is probably by its mediation that Haendel tied decisive contacts in this country.
In 1715 he becomes director of the music of the cathedral of Hamburg, posts that he ensures until in 1728 where he is reached of deafness. Consequently, it is devoted to works of scholarship concerning the music, publishing a great number of important works for the knowledge of this time, for example: the first periodical of musical criticism in Germany (Critica musica) of 1722 with 1725 DER vollkommene Capellmeister ( the accomplished Choirmaster ) then in 1739 Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte , biographical repertory of 149 musicians, of which it often collected information near the interested parties themselves (1740) (Bach does not form part of it, it had not answered the questionnaire that had addressed Mattheson to him - it is however known that this one had it in high regard). He was also translator of literature, especially English.
Mattheson was an erudite and fertile musician, component of many operas and crowned works, as well as orchestral and instrumental parts (organ, harpsichord: 12 continuations).
Partitions and sequences midday on lineContinuations for harpsichord of 1714
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