Johan Ernst Altenburg

Johan Ernst Altenburg was born in 1734 and died in 1796.

German trumpet virtuoso, son of a father who was a noted player of the trumpet.

The father, Johann Caspar, died in 1761.

He served in several campaigns, and at the close of his connection with the Army, traveled about Europe, meeting with great success.

Johann Ernst was born at Weissenfels, and during the Seven Year’s war served as field trumpeter in the Army.

As a player he can became more celebrated than his father. On leaving the Army he accepted the position of organist at Bitterfeld.

He was author of an instruction book for trumpets and drums, and wrote some compositions for those instruments.

Biographers do not agree as to the dates of his birth and death.