Johann Friedrich Lampe


Born: 1703, Sax­ony.

Died: Ju­ly 25, 1751, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

Buried: Can­on­gate Church­yard (East Wall), Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.



Lampe moved to Lon­don in 1724 to play bas­soon in op­eras, and mar­ried Tho­mas Arne’s sister-in-law, Isa­bel­la Young.

He wrote for the stage, and on the­ory.

He tra­veled the Brit­ish Isles, be­ing in Dub­lin, Ire­land (1748–49), and at the Can­on­gate The­a­tre in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land (1750).

He was a friend of Charles Wes­ley.

The mo­nu­ment at Lampe’s rest­ing place reads:

Here lye the mor­tal re­mains of Jo­hann Fre­der­ic Lampe, whose har­mo­ni­ous com­po­si­tions shall out­live mo­nu­ment­al re­gis­ters, and, with me­lo­di­ous notes through fu­ture ag­es per­pe­tu­ate his fame, till time shall sink in­to eter­ni­ty. His taste for mo­ral har­mo­ny ap­peared through all his con­duct. On the 25th of July, 1751, in the for­ty-eighth year of his age, he was sum­moned to join that hea­ven­ly con­cert with the blessed choir above, where his vir­tu­ous soul now en­joys that har­mo­ny which was his chief de­light up­on earth.



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