Froberger became a court organist in Vienna in , but the same year he went to Rome to study under Girolamo Frescobaldi. After further employment at the Viennese court —45 and —57 , he toured widely. Froberger was the earliest important German composer for the harpsichord. His style represents an integration of French, Italian, and other styles with the more austere style of German keyboard music. He was the first German master of the keyboard suite.
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Whereas true jigs were quick and wild solo dances of indefinite form, gigues were danced by couples in formal ballet style. As a musical form the gigue was often used in the stylized dance suite as the last movement. Invariably written in fugal style, the gigues of suites retain the characteristic triple groups of eighth notes.
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Learn More in these related Britannica articles: chamber music: Sources and instruments. The French version of the dance suite became the prototype for later chamber-music forms. Johann Jakob Froberger, German composer, organist, and harpsichordist whose keyboard compositions are generally acknowledged to be among the richest and most attractive of the early Baroque era.
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Johann Jakob Froberger
Johann Jakob Froberger baptized 19 May — 7 May was a German Baroque composer, keyboard virtuoso , and organist. Among the most famous composers of the era, he was influential in developing the musical form of the suite of dances in his keyboard works. His harpsichord pieces are highly idiomatic and programmatic. Only two of Froberger's many compositions were published during his lifetime.